Legal loophole for Wicked obscenities to be explored
A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into advertising standards may hold the key to closing a legal loophole which allows obscene Wicked Campers to stay on the roads.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bliejie has revealed a parliamentary committee is already investigating outdoor advertising and whether reforms, including law changes, are needed.
While the committee was specifically asked to look at advertising material or content sexually explicit in nature, they were also able to look at content in the public domain that could be considered offensive, the Kawana MP said.
That broad frame of reference could include Wicked Campers covered in obscene language and artwork.
Mr Bliejie's revelation comes after increased community anger over the vans.
Earlier this month, an angry Coast man was upset after seeing one of the controversial vehicles prominently displaying the F-word in a council caravan park.
When contacted by the Daily, a spokesman for Police Minister Jack Demspey said police were powerless to act on the vehicles because they did not break the law as it stood.
A spokesman for Mr Bliejie's office confirmed the artwork was deemed to be "advertising" and therefore fell under the umbrella of the Australian Standards Bureau (ASB).
The ASB - the advertising industry's self-regulating body - told the Daily it had approached Wicked Campers but the company refused to comply with the rules.
Mr Bliejie said the parliamentary committee would also look at the effectiveness of industry self-regulation.
The committee is due to hand in its final report early next year.
"The Newman Government is committed to making Queensland the safest state to raise a child and looks forward to the final report," Mr Bliejie said.