CWA drives wicked ban

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MEM­BERS of the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion of NSW are calling for deroga­tory slo­gans plas­tered across ve­hi­cles to be banned from the state’s road.

The CWA of NSW passed a motion at their State Con­fer­ence ear­lier this month to make ve­hi­cles bear­ing racist, sex­ist and violent ma­te­rial il­le­gal.

Del­e­gates took par­tic­u­lar is­sue with car rental com­pany, Wicked Cam­pers, which has pre­vi­ously come un­der fire for be­ing rude and of­fen­sive.

In re­cent im­ages posted to the com­pany’s In­sta­gram page, vans are cov­ered in sex­ual and drug ref­er­ences.

CWA of NSW State Pres­i­dent Stephanie Stan­hope (pic­tured) said of­fen­sive mes­sag­ing are “way out of step with com­mu­nity stan­dards”.

“It’s time ev­ery state took a stand on these un­ac­cept­able slo­gans and or­gan­i­sa­tions like ours sup­ported the changes nec­es­sary to elim­i­nate this kind of dis­re­spect from our com­mu­ni­ties. When state­ments and slo­gans de­grade peo­ple and cause an enor­mous amount of of­fence, then it’s time to act.”

Ms Stan­hope also said slo­gans of this na­ture spark con­fronting ques­tions from chil­dren.

“Any­one can see and read these slo­gans as the ve­hi­cles are right in front of peo­ple on the roads, parked in the street and be­side fam­i­lies in the camp ground. Par­ents driv­ing with chil­dren are con­fronted with ques­tions about what the words and mes­sages mean.”

Queens­land, the ACT and Tas­ma­nia have al­ready passed leg­is­la­tion which al­lows a ve­hi­cle to be dereg­is­tered if it breaches Ad­ver­tis­ing Stan­dards.

The CWA of NSW hopes the NSW state gov­ern­ment will fol­low suit and en­cour­aged ac­tion at a fed­eral level.

In re­sponse, a Trans­port for NSW spokesper­son said: “There are no Wicked Cam­pers reg­is­tered in NSW.

“If nec­es­sary, and in the in­ter­ests of con­sis­tency, the NSW gov­ern­ment would con­sider adopt­ing the ap­proach re­cently in­tro­duced by the Queens­land gov­ern­ment to reg­u­late these types of ve­hi­cles if they are ever reg­is­tered in NSW.”

Wicked Cam­pers has been con­tacted for com­ment.

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