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Shell, BP stretching porn boundaries: MP

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Monday October 20, 2008

Shell and BP petrol stations are engaged in a rort to sell pornography that stretches classification boundaries, a Liberal senator says.

Julian McGauran said corner stores and service stations were abusing the classification system controlled by the federal government.

“There is a rort going on in convenience stores, service stations, Shell, BP, all the major service station shops,” Senator McGauran said.

“Category one classification is being abused.”

Category one allows a publication to be sold over the counter, sealed in an opaque wrapper.

Senator McGauran raised his concerns while questioning bureaucrats from the Classification Review Board during senate estimates hearings on Monday.

Earlier, Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce tabled a collection of hardcore pornography, saying it was readily available in petrol stations.

Senator Joyce raised concerns the pornography was encouraging pedophilia.

“These have received classification, it pertains to an insinuation that these girls are actually underage,” he said.

The classification board’s acting director Olya Booyar was grilled for about an hour on just what was being done to counteract the publications.

“The board doesn’t go looking for publications which should be submitted (for classification),” Ms Booyar said.

Enforcement of classifications was a state and territory government responsibility, one bureaucrat pointed out.

© 2008 AAP

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