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Council inundated with opposition to Porn Parade

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14 AUGUST 2006

Auckland City Councillors inundated with opposition to Porn Parade

In response to a call by Family First, individuals and families in Auckland and nationwide have inundated Auckland City councillors with their opposition to the Erotica Porn Parade scheduled for a Queen St lunchhour next week.

“Councillors have reported that they have received almost 10 times the number of emails objecting to this parade as compared with objections to the planned Rates increase,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First.

“This is how strongly families feel about the planned display of nudity and the promotion of the pornography industry in a public place – especially in such a public place as Queen St during the busy lunchtime hour.”

Section 125 of the Crimes Act clearly states that it is a crime to “wilfully (do) any indecent act in any place to which the public have or are permitted to have access, or within view of any such place.”

“Most NZ’ers know it is inappropriate to be topless in a public place – which is why there is no acceptance of the behaviour in schools, workplaces or in public gatherings,” says Mr McCoskrie. “The pornography industry is also destructive to individuals and families, and should not be allowed this kind of profile in NZ.”

“It is ironic that this parade is taking place at the same time that the taxpayer has just paid out more than $163,000 for seminars for Police staff caught with pornographic emails, run by Rape Crisis and adult sexual offending and internet safety organizations,” says Mr McCoskrie.

Family First asks the Auckland City Council to act on behalf of all families and veto the permission given to the Erotica Parade.

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