Child porn and artistic merit link scrutinised by NSW govt

The New South Wales Government has released recommendations to scrap the defence of ‘artistic merit’ in relation to child pornography.It is part of a report compiled by police, the DPP and Legal Aid in an attempt to make a clear legal distinction between pornography and art.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/10/2788942.htmAlso see:‘Artistic merit’ fades as child porn defence
Child protection group Bravehearts has welcomed recommendations by a NSW government panel to scrap the defence of “artistic merit” in the use of child pornography images.Bravehearts chief executive Hetty Johnston said the legislation, which will force artists to account for their works, would help protect children; he called for the measures to be replicated in Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/artistic-merit-fades-as-child-porn-defence/story-e6frg6nf-1225817886119State plans change to child porn laws
Artistic merit will no longer be a defence for the use of images of children deemed to be pornographic under the recommendations of a working party set up by the NSW Attorney-General.If the recommendations that John Hatzistergos releases today become law, a person producing, distributing or possessing such material could still argue artistic merit but once the material was ruled to be pornographic the defence would lapse.
http://www.smh.com.au/national/state-plans-change-to-child-porn-laws-20100109-lzv4.html

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