Aboriginal men ‘portrayed as molesters’, Senate told
Lex Hall ; 16/2/10
An Aboriginal legal aid group has slammed anti-pornography measures in remote communities, telling a Senate inquiry that provisions of the NT intervention portray indigenous men as pedophiles. Vernon Patullo of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency said there had been no increase in the number of people in communities being prosecuted for possessing pornography since signs announcing a pornography ban were erected as part of the 2007 federal intervention. Speaking at a Senate inquiry into welfare reforms, Mr Patullo, an East Arnhem Land elder, said the pornography ban was a “beat-up and had no substance at all”.