Finish what we started to stop Wicked Campers, says LNP
SHADOW Attorney-General Ian Walker has accused the State Government of being asleep at the wheel in its failure to crack down on Wicked Campers.
Mr Walker said the former LNP Government began a Parliamentary Inquiry into sexually explicit outdoor advertising in 2013 and was preparing to introduce laws to strengthen existing regulation when it was "booted out" of office in January last year.
The committee, which was made up of both Labor and LNP members, submitted their report on January 31, 2014 and the former LNP Government issued their final response on July 31, 2014 to accept the recommendations.
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"While the advertising industry is self-regulated, the legislation was going to give government the power to fine those advertisers that didn't comply with appropriate standards. This was determined to be the best way to crack down on offensive advertising, without increasing unnecessary red tape," Mr Walker said.
"The machinery is in place and the government could have easily gone back to that report, picked that up and gone ahead with that legislation."
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called for a boycott of Wicked Campers last week following the RACQ's push for the State Government to crack down on the company for repeatedly flouting advertising standards on the roads.
She also called on Wicked to censor itself, particularly by removing slogans that degrade women.
Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said she wanted to work with the Advertising Standards Board to find a solution.
"I understand clearly the level of community concern about the vulgar, crass and offensive slogans that are frequently displayed on these vehicles," Mrs D'Ath said.
"I understand the community anger and my office is consulting with stakeholders on the issue."
While the issue is debated at the state level, neither the Sunshine Coast Council nor the Noosa Council have taken any decisive action to regulate the use of the campers on council-owned holiday parks.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said Brisbane-based Wicked Campers should be treated the same as advertising billboards and subject to compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
"The messages on some of these campervans are offensive and should not be tolerated under any circumstances," Cr Jamieson said.
"I whole-heartedly support the RACQ's call for the Queensland government to step up and take action against these campervans."
A Noosa Council spokesperson said they were not considering banning Wicked campervans from council-owned holiday parks.
"Council has no head of power to prevent them driving around Noosa Shire," the spokesperson said.