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Silent Majority get a Hearing over Erotica Parade

21 August 2006

Silent Majority get a Hearing over Erotica Parade

Auckland City Councillor Scott Milne, when commenting on the city's decision not to issue a permit for the Erotica Parade, said " This is a small but significant victory for hundreds of Aucklander's who voiced their disapproval at the City tacitly endorsing a shabby, commercial promotion of an adult sex expo"

Councillors and council employees have received hundreds and hundreds of emails requesting a re-think of the issue of a permit for the parade, saying the Mayor and City should not be seen to condone a topless parade of porn stars down Queen Street at midday.

"Many have said this is a storm in a bra-cup, but I think it is fantastic that hundreds of people are prepared to rationally and politely voice their opinion to the Council and that their voice is seen to be heard. It is a victory in the ongoing battle against political correctness and current thinking that endorses "Anything goes".

While the promotion is legal and many don't see any harm in a titty parade, I think there is, up until now, a silent majority, who say "We don't need this - it does nothing for our City, our society or our reputation. It is not the responsibility of the City Council to promote R18 Sex Expos and we don't need it", Mr Milne added.

The Chief executive has taken a middle line, pragmatic approach to the situation and has instructed officers not to issue a permit as it is not necessary. As a result of the large public dissatisfaction with the current by-law the Mayor and Chief Executive have agreed to review the appropriate legislation. A similar parade held in Christchurch was also not permitted and proved to be a flop.

"The organizer will be delighted with the decision. His aim was always to get as much free media exposure as possible - and the media have complied."


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