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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 October 2019) . . Page.. 4079 ..

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation:

Transport Canberra—advertising policy—petition 26-19

By Ms Le Couteur, from 542 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly:

On August 15 2019, Alan Jones on his 2GB radio show said in relation to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: “I just wonder whether Scott Morrison is going to be fully briefed to shove a sock down her throat.” And “Now I hope Scott Morrison gets tough here with a few backhanders.”

Your Petitioners believe these comments show that Alan Jones does not uphold acceptable community values and does not respect women publicly, that these comments could encourage violence against women, and therefore the promotion of this broadcaster is inconsistent with the values we should uphold in our community.

We note that over forty 2GB advertisers across the country have withdrawn their support for the radio station and Alan Jones, and made statements about their rejection of unacceptable views.

The current Transport Canberra advertising policy restricts the type of material that can be promoted, including political or religious advertising, tobacco products and anti-social or offensive messages. Since 2015, the policy has restricted the promotion of junk food, alcohol, gambling, fossil fuels and weapons.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to:

ensure that promotion of people who make sexist public comments is added to the bans in the Transport Canberra advertising guidelines, and

call on Transport Canberra to immediately remove from bus advertising all advertisements promoting people who make sexist public comments, including Alan Jones.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

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