Obscene slogans outlawed in advertising crack down

1 Mar 2017 3:48 PMJann Stuckey

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey last week supported legislation aimed at removing offensive and derogatory advertising from vehicles on Queensland roads.


“Offensive advertising on Queensland vehicles has become increasingly problematic, as advertisers were given no motivation to comply with determinations made by the Advertising Standards Bureau,” Ms Stuckey said.


“While most advertisers already do the right thing, targeting serial offenders who continued to flout Australia’s advertising code of ethics was overdue.


“In 2014, the LNP undertook investigations that would result in holding defiant advertisers to account.


“This bill will apply to offensive advertising on any Queensland registered vehicle, however, Wicked Campervans have been identified as being the only non-compliant advertiser in Australia.


“As a popular destination for tourists, my electorate office has received a number of complaints over the years about the crude slogans and disgraceful vilification of women exhibited by Wicked Campervans.


“This bill is certainly a step in the right direction towards eradicating sexually explicit outdoor advertising, but the LNP have raised concerns about possible loopholes in the legislation.


“Our main concern is that Wicked Campervans could simply register their vehicles interstate, while continuing to operate out of Queensland.


“Although this is also illegal, even the Department of Transport and Main Roads confirmed it would be difficult to police.


"This is why I called on Premier Palaszczuk to include this issue in the annual work list of the recently announced cross-border agreement between Queensland and New South Wales.


“The offensive nature of the advertising on Wicked Campervans sends the wrong message at a time when campaigns to stop domestic violence and denigration of women in particular are drawing national attention.”