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Wicked Campers Condemned Across the Board for Misogynistic Slogans

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Tags: Women, Commissioner for Children and Young People, Family Violence

That the House:—

(1)           Notes the promotion of violence against women through sexist and misogynistic language is completely unacceptable in our community.

(2)           Understands that 127,707 people signed a petition against Wicked Campers in 2014, complaining about their slogans, in particular one that stated. 'in every princess, there's a little slut who wants to try it just once'.

(3)           Commends the Australian Senate who passed the Australian Greens motion condemning Wicked Campers for its sexist, racist and misogynistic slogans.

(4)           Congratulates the Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure, Hon Rene Hidding MP for referring Wicked Campers to the Anti-discrimination Commission for investigation.

(5)           Notes Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks’ comments that she had seen slogans that "incite hatred, ridicule on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation or race", and that "there is no doubt that they fall foul of the law".

(6)           Praises the Commissioner for Children, Mark Morrisey, for also speaking out against Wicked Campers, citing the impacts such language has on young people and the development of their attitudes towards women.

(7)           Notes that the Bruny Island Cheese Company have banned all Wicked Campers from their successful tourism business.

(8)           Condemns businesses, such as Wicked Campers, who promote sexist, racist and violent slogans.

(9)           Notes the power of civil society, made up of people like Minister Hidding and the Australian Greens, Commissioner Banks, Commissioner Morrissey and the Bruny Island Cheese Company, to stand up against private businesses that promulgate sexist, racist and violent slogans to make money and feed on the free publicity of complaints.

(10)         Calls on more people and organisations in civil society to speak out.