FamilyVoice Australia, backed by two senators and the Australian Christian Lobby, has argued in the Federal Court that the Classification Review Board erred in its decision to overturn the previous ban on the DVD of the child abuse film, Salo –120 Days of Sodom.
Justice Margaret Stone has reserved her decision after hearing both sides of the case.
“We believe that the Classification Review Board did not take into account all the relevant factors required by the law and film guidelines to be considered when coming to its majority decision last year,” Ros Phillips, national research officer for FamilyVoice Australia, said today.
“Our concern is about how bodies charged with administering the classification law go about their business,” Mrs Phillips said. “This film and its DVD were previously refused classification because they showed young naked teens being physically and sexually abused. We believe that the Board, in its decision to release the DVD with an R18+ classification, did not follow due process.
“It has been a big step for a community group like ours to mount this case against a government body. But there comes a time when someone needs to say, Enough is enough!” Mrs Phillips said.
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