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Australian Visitors Must Declare Illegal Porn To Customs Officers

samzenpus posted about 4 years ago | from the don't-blunder-down-under dept.

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Australian Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor has advised visitors to take a better safe than sorry policy when it comes to their porn stashes, and declare all porn that they think might be illegal with customs officers. From the article: "The government said it changed the wording on passenger arrival cards after becoming aware of confusion among travellers about what pornography to declare. 'People have a right to privacy and while some pornography is legal and does not need to be disclosed, all travellers should be aware that certain types of pornography are illegal and must be declared to customs,' Mr O'Connor said."

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What???? (5, Funny)

gagol (583737) | about 4 years ago | (#33965422)

Next thing, they will want you to declare the illegal drugs you carry...

Re:What???? (4, Funny)

zill (1690130) | about 4 years ago | (#33965692)

No, you have to decleare all the drugs you carry.

After sampling each one, their customs officer will tell you which ones are illegal.

Re:What???? (1)

Monkey-Man2000 (603495) | about 4 years ago | (#33966322)

Next thing, they will want you to declare the illegal drugs you carry...

That is just about as logical as this. FTFA, "Making a false statement to a customs officer carries a fine of up to $11,000 dollars while bringing in objectionable material, such as child pornography, can incur a fine of up to $275,000 and 10 years' jail.".
What kind of moran will declare ANY material with that kind of deal?

So are they going to actually list what's porn? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965440)

Or is it still going to boil down to "Anne Geddes is kiddie porn but only if we think you fap to it"?

Re:So are they going to actually list what's porn? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33966410)

Yet one more thing to add to the "things I fap to but probably shouldn't" list.

Yes office, (5, Funny)

BRSloth (578824) | about 4 years ago | (#33965442)

"I have some bestiality on my computer, but you can see clearly that the girl is ENJOYING IT!"

Re:Yes office, (1)

Dyinobal (1427207) | about 4 years ago | (#33965594)

what about the beast?

Re:Yes office, (5, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 4 years ago | (#33965712)

He has to declare his illegal porn as well.

Re:Yes office, (5, Insightful)

BlueParrot (965239) | about 4 years ago | (#33966102)

You know what. I personally think it does say a lot by our society that it's acceptable to slaughter adolescent animals simply because we think they taste well, but if you let one of them lick your naked body it's somehow animal abuse even if the creature in question suffers no ill effects.

Damn will my karma burn for saying this, but while people like to pretend zoophilia is bad because it hurts animals, the real reason it's considered unacceptable is because we have freaking problem with sex. Food does not cause the same reaction, and thus few people care that we are raising animals with the intent to kill and eat them.

Similar complete failure of logic is seen in the anti stem-cells crowd, many of which will happily eat eggs, bacon or chicken, while at the same time declaring IVF and embryonic stem cell research as unacceptable attacks on the sanctity of life.

Now go on, try to justify it. All the usual arguments basically boil down to "it's ok to kill animals because they taste nice", which does make it seem rather hollow when the same people condem zoophilia.

As it happens, I'm not actually a zoophiliac. Merely a vegan who finds it a bit twisted that we seem to consider it worse to let an animal have sex with you than it would be to kill it.

Re:Yes office, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33966168)

You know what. I personally think it does say a lot by our society that it's acceptable to slaughter adolescent animals simply because we think they taste well, but if you let one of them lick your naked body it's somehow animal abuse even if the creature in question suffers no ill effects.

Damn will my karma burn for saying this, but while people like to pretend zoophilia is bad because it hurts animals, the real reason it's considered unacceptable is because we have freaking problem with sex. Food does not cause the same reaction, and thus few people care that we are raising animals with the intent to kill and eat them.

Animals can't consent. No consent equals rape. That's the basis of the argument. Even if the animal looks like it's enjoying the scenario.

Re:Yes office, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33966280)

They can't consent to being slaughtered and eaten, either. (Or, for that matter, to being spayed or neutered, which we routinely do to animals we love, nor to being kept locked up indoors 24/7.) I eat animals and don't have any interest in sex with them, but an animal’s inability to consent to sex is not the basis for this society's objections to zoophilia.

Re:Yes office, (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33966308)

I'd be willing to bet they don't consent to being killed and eaten either.

Re:Yes office, (4, Interesting)

Hylandr (813770) | about 4 years ago | (#33966346)

Animals can bite, and Animals can kick - Don't tell me they can't say no...

- Dan.

Re:Yes office, (1)

boesOne (693775) | about 4 years ago | (#33966260)

So, mister Parrot, choose wisely now... Would you rather be eaten or will you bend over?

Re:Yes office, (3, Insightful)

TubeSteak (669689) | about 4 years ago | (#33966360)

Damn will my karma burn for saying this, but while people like to pretend zoophilia is bad because it hurts animals, the real reason it's considered unacceptable is because we have freaking problem with sex.

We don't let adults have sex with minors.
All the same reasons apply to sex with animals.

It's not so much about harm as it is about consent.

Re:Yes office, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33966392)

why would adolescent animals' sense of taste be any better than adult animals and why would we slaughter them because of it?

Re:Yes office, (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33966404)

Now go on, try to justify it.

Okay, here goes: Animals are food, not sex toys. (Didn't yer mama ever tell you not to play with your food?)

We "slaughter" animals, adolescent or otherwise, to consume them because that's natural. See: Lions.

We don't bone Bambi because it's unnatural. Ever seen a frog and a pig getting it on? No, because that would be disturbing. (Especially for kids.)

Merely a vegan who finds it a bit twisted that we seem to consider it worse to let an animal have sex with you than it would be to kill it.

Only on Slashdot, home of every kind of atheist leftist freak that can be imagined and many that can't. Try reintroducing some protein into your diet and maybe your brain will return to normal and find what you're thinking now to be the twisted view.

Re:Yes office, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965632)

The girl is moot, she's being paid for it, she doesn't have to enjoy it. But think of the dog!

Re:Yes office, (3, Funny)

hoggoth (414195) | about 4 years ago | (#33965786)

> The girl is moot, she's being paid for it, she doesn't have to enjoy it. But think of the dog!

Girls, dogs, sex, porn...

and now you've dragged Moot into this. I've got a bad feeling about this!

is tub girl illegal? (5, Funny)

TiggertheMad (556308) | about 4 years ago | (#33965872)

Makes me want to load up a laptop full of shock-pr0n images, just to I can show them all to some unfortunate customs worker, under the guise of 'declaring' them...

Hope the customs workers have therapy coverage on their health care plans....

I like the cut of your jib (5, Funny)

Weaselmancer (533834) | about 4 years ago | (#33966122)

Yes...it's a good idea. Much fun. But if you really want to creep the guy out - go mental with it.

Tell the customs worker that you have a lot of porn on your laptop and you'd like to declare it. Then show him hundreds of pictures of feet. Just feet. Nothing else. And while he pages through them to determine their legality, act like you are fighting becoming aroused. Moan. Drool a little bit.

For bonus points make it something really odd. Bell towers or Volkswagen bugs or cigar smoking women cutting into birthday cakes.

Remember kids - what's porn for one person may not necessarily be porn for another.

Re:is tub girl illegal? (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | about 4 years ago | (#33966162)

This an awesome idea. Make sure you pick up as much Japanese guro/scat manga/anime as possible. Bonus points if you can make them vomit.

Re:Yes office, (0)

commodore64_love (1445365) | about 4 years ago | (#33966018)

Why should anything be illegal?

Other than child rape, I don't think there should be any kind of porn that is illegal (not even photos of Brazilian children enjoying the beach sans clothing). We're not living in the Dark Ages of Catholic church imposing morality (and the rack). We should be free to pursue our own morals, no matter how perverted.

So much for liberty.

It's a safe bet that sheep-shagging smut is OK (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965464)

Just saying.

Re:It's a safe bet that sheep-shagging smut is OK (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33966292)

Aberdonians should be very welcome, then.

That's Australia for you. (3, Informative)

synthil (1925594) | about 4 years ago | (#33965470)

Too much fucking censorship here.

Re:That's Australia for you. (1)

zill (1690130) | about 4 years ago | (#33965656)

fucking censorship

A word caution: even non-fucking porn can be banned in Australia.

Trust me, I found out the hard way during my trip down under.

Re:That's Australia for you. (4, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | about 4 years ago | (#33965760)

Amazing, considering Australia was founded by thieves, murderers and whores.

Re:That's Australia for you. (1)

terraformer (617565) | about 4 years ago | (#33966116)

Amazing, considering Australia was founded by thieves, murderers and whores.

Apparently even thieves, murderers and whores have standards. Who would have thought it.

Re:That's Australia for you. (5, Funny)

wootest (694923) | about 4 years ago | (#33966408)

It's worse than that; I believe they were British.

ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (1)

nopainogain (1091795) | about 4 years ago | (#33965480)

who travels with porn?

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965520)

The porn industry....

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (1)

Faatal (1907534) | about 4 years ago | (#33965530)

Porn star?

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (1)

nopainogain (1091795) | about 4 years ago | (#33965678)

so you're saying that the immense breadth of character they employ while doing their job in front of the camera requires reference material?

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965580)

I do. Sorta. It is not softcore pr0n, but I downloaded it a long time back, and I recently realized that it still "lives" on my drive, tucked away into a deep deep folder.

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (1)

PsyciatricHelp (951182) | about 4 years ago | (#33966136)

That type of porn can come back to haunt you when your wife of 3 years find shit you downloaded back in high school. Lucky for me my wife found it amusing and currently jokes the hell out of me.

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (4, Funny)

The Wild Norseman (1404891) | about 4 years ago | (#33966252)

That type of porn can come back to haunt you when your wife of 3 years find shit you downloaded back in high school. Lucky for me my wife found it amusing and currently jokes the hell out of me.

Lucky for you, your wife found it amusing and doesn't know how to check time/date stamps on files downloaded "back in high school."

Don't worry, your secret is safe with us.

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (5, Insightful)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | about 4 years ago | (#33966262)

My wife of three years jokes about the pr0n I downloaded last night. But then I give her crap for the pr0n she downloads too, so it all evens out.

Hint to all those married or thinking about it: if your significant other can't come to grips with the fact that one other person cannot embody the totality of somebody's sexuality, you have settled and in the process are doomed to denying part(s) of your true self for the duration of your relationship. I love my wife as deeply as I do in no small part because she doesn't use "morality" as a cover to be an irrational, paranoid, hyper-jealous ass like so many people do.

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965600)

Laptop users.

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965628)

... you mean you don't have porn.. on every computer you own?

WHAT ARE YOU MAN, MAD?!
Don't even joke about that, you almost made me lose all hope for a second there.

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (2, Insightful)

boristdog (133725) | about 4 years ago | (#33966110)

Who among us (people on /. that is) does not IMMEDIATELY search for all images when someone we know asks us to repair their computer?
Especially if that someone is a reasonably attractive female.

Oh, I've had some amazing discoveries there.

And you learn a lot about people by the type of porn they keep.

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (4, Insightful)

paeanblack (191171) | about 4 years ago | (#33965676)

who travels with porn?

Customs officers that collect images from their backscatter X-ray machines

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (4, Funny)

SmackTheIgnorant (985978) | about 4 years ago | (#33965966)

Who doesn't? C'mon, you're on a flight, several hours long, how can one POSSIBLY go that long without their dose girl-on-goat action??

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (1)

Stregano (1285764) | about 4 years ago | (#33965974)

The better question would be: who doesn't travel with porn. Now I need to check up and see what Australia counts as illegal

Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 4 years ago | (#33966104)

I was once on an international flight in Europe and the gentleman next to me was reading Playboy. To his credit, he was pretty discreet about it though.

Glad to comply (5, Funny)

hansamurai (907719) | about 4 years ago | (#33965504)

Is there some kind of catalog or web site I can browse to see examples of what's legal and not?

Re:Glad to comply (2)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | about 4 years ago | (#33965568)

I think it's better if you don't know, since the law only require you to declare porn if you THINK it's illegal.

Re:Glad to comply (2, Funny)

zill (1690130) | about 4 years ago | (#33965616)

Is there some kind of catalog or web site I can browse to see examples of what's legal and not?

www.australia.gov.au [australia.gov.au]

...and not?

Pretty much everything else on the internet.

I'm pretty sure they've outlawed "ridiculing Australian censorship laws" a few years ago, so this post is a prime example of what's not legal.

Re:Glad to comply (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 4 years ago | (#33965990)

Please declare your Slashdot at the border.

Re:Glad to comply (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | about 4 years ago | (#33966024)

I think wikileaks got the most updated copy.

Re:Glad to comply (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | about 4 years ago | (#33966244)

It's called The Internet. You should Google it sometime!

Re:Glad to comply (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33966254)

A good place to start [4chan.org] .

As well as declaring all... (4, Funny)

Dahamma (304068) | about 4 years ago | (#33965516)

...recent murders committed, houses burgled, cars stolen, heiresses kidnapped, parking tickets ignored, and Australian ministers ridiculed.

I foresee great conversations at the customs booth (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965540)

Passenger: So, I read that I have to declare illegal pornography.
Officer: Yes, indeed.
Passenger: Well, I do have something on my laptop, but I don't know whether it's illegal. Would you mind having a look and telling me what you think about it?

Re:I foresee great conversations at the customs bo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33966258)

It could be sooooo much worse:

Passenger: Well, I do have some home movies (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say-no-more, say-no-more) on my laptop, but I don't know whether they are illegal. Would you mind having a look and telling me what you think about them?

something like this? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965542)

Aussie Customs officer: Do you have any illegal porn?
British tourist: I did not know you still need do illegal things to get in here!

Re:something like this? (1)

Baby Duck (176251) | about 4 years ago | (#33965944)

BRILLIANT!

yo0 Fa1l It (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965544)

say I'm pacKing for election, I aarogance was Things in

Expectation of privacy (2)

WarJolt (990309) | about 4 years ago | (#33965566)

Americans have an expectation of privacy. I doubt you'll have an American declare his/her porn.
Little tip for those who want to reinforce their expectation of privacy. Encrypt your document folders.
Most customs techs won't know how to crack it and if you have a good password it could take years.

Re:Expectation of privacy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965644)

"Why are your document folders full of CP?"

Re:Expectation of privacy (2, Insightful)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 4 years ago | (#33965658)

"This file seems to be encrypted. I suspect you want to hide something illegal there. Please give me the password, otherwise I cannot let you pass."

Re:Expectation of privacy (1)

BassMan449 (1356143) | about 4 years ago | (#33965822)

The simplest solution is to have an encrypted file that doesn't look like an encrypted file. Jpg with a TrueCrypt archive attached at the end is never going to be detected unless someone is explicitly looking for it.

Re:Expectation of privacy (1)

JonySuede (1908576) | about 4 years ago | (#33966416)

make that an avi, a 4gb jpg is a little suspicious

Re:Expectation of privacy (2, Interesting)

Jorl17 (1716772) | about 4 years ago | (#33965790)

Americans have the expectation of privacy in some issues. In others they have an interesting culture. It is common for Americans to talk to strangers as if they were family, because it is in their culture. I am not talking trash about them, I admire this type of culture. A friend of mine went to America and she said there was always someone talking to her -- she even had a little child come to her and say "Will you believe how this cheese is expensive".

That kind of thing is considered rude for us in here, because it violates our privacy. So you see, in crucial issues like these, Americans have an "expectation of privacy", but with the Western European definition of privacy, they only expect it when it is good for them. I do enjoy that they can be such an open-minded people in this type of thing...but I am sad they are so close-minded with respect to other issues...

Re:Expectation of privacy (2, Interesting)

thynk (653762) | about 4 years ago | (#33966232)

Whereas when I was living in Germany, it wasn't totally uncommon to have someone sit at an empty chair at your table in a restaurant. That sort of thing would cause the manager of the restaurant to be called to have the person ejected from the premises if it happened here in the US. Different things are "rude" to different folks.

Re:Expectation of privacy (2, Informative)

SydShamino (547793) | about 4 years ago | (#33966314)

There are cultural ways to indicate that you don't want to be talked to. Your friend just didn't know them.

Re:Expectation of privacy (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965876)

Americans have an expectation of privacy. I doubt you'll have an American declare his/her porn.

Americans also have no positive right to enter Australia. Have a nice day, Sir, and enjoy your flight back home.

Re:Expectation of privacy (1)

matfud (464184) | about 4 years ago | (#33966030)

I don't know what wierd world you live in but it has been a very long time since anyone has had any "expectation of privacy" when going through customs.
Customs routinely search all your belongings and if you are not careful your orifaces too

Re:Expectation of privacy (2, Informative)

tverbeek (457094) | about 4 years ago | (#33966370)

US courts have specifically ruled that the Fourth Amendment doesn't apply crossing international borders.

This expectation of no-privacy going through customs has even been used to justify warrantless searches of someone who is merely near an international border.

Re:Expectation of privacy (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | about 4 years ago | (#33966082)

Ignoring the discussion about whether that's even still true in the US, once you leave your own country you can't keep relying on your own laws, you've gotta put up with whatever laws the country you're in has. If you decided to make a big stand about it you'd probably find yourself not allowed into the country.

self-incrimination (1)

tverbeek (457094) | about 4 years ago | (#33965572)

I'm guessing that the Australian constitution doesn't include something equivalent to the US's Fifth Amendment?

Re:self-incrimination (1)

Zeek40 (1017978) | about 4 years ago | (#33965730)

It's a prison colony, you need to declare the crime you committed to gain entry.

Re:self-incrimination (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965752)

You think the US is any different?

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch12.html#en_US_publink1000172062

Form 1040, line 21 is where you are to report your earnings from illegal income.

Re:self-incrimination (1)

skelly33 (891182) | about 4 years ago | (#33966220)

I thought you were BSing, but I finally found it when I scrolled down far enough. That's laughable/pitiful:

" Illegal activities. Income from illegal activities, such as money from dealing illegal drugs, must be included in your income on Form 1040, line 21, or on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if from your self-employment activity"

Re:self-incrimination (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33966304)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Capone

Re:self-incrimination (1)

SydShamino (547793) | about 4 years ago | (#33966356)

Think mobsters from the 1930s, who were only ever convicted of tax evasion. If you can convict them for not declaring it, there has to be a way to declare it....

Typical Exchange (1)

Itesh (1901146) | about 4 years ago | (#33965604)

Visitor: So, are Pantyhose Clad Lesbians getting Fisted by GIMP Midgets ok?
Security Officer: Crikey...
Visitor: Well, is it ok or not?
Security Officer: Well, it's not on the banned list...
People standing in line: "FML" "OMG, how disgusting" "What a pig"
Visitor: What....what?!?!

Re:Typical Exchange (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965666)

That is just absurd.

How does one get fisted whilst wearing pantyhose?

Re:Typical Exchange (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965842)

That is just absurd.

How does one get fisted whilst wearing pantyhose?

Flatbush!

Re:Typical Exchange (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | about 4 years ago | (#33965866)

Split-crotch pantyhose, of course!

Why is everyone looking at me?

Re:Typical Exchange (1)

AtomicOrange (1667101) | about 4 years ago | (#33966166)

People have no imagination or depravity these days, sheesh. Good on you.

Re:Typical Exchange (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965926)

You'd be surprised just how stretchy that stuff is.

Someone isn't very smart (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965612)

This reminds me of a job application I filled out once. It actually asked you whether or not you were taking any illicit drugs, and how often. I'm not sure who was stupider: the person who created the application form, or the druggie moron who would answer truthfully. At any rate, if you had porn you though was illegal, WHY would you tell them so!?

Re:Someone isn't very smart (2, Informative)

LoyalOpposition (168041) | about 4 years ago | (#33965796)

It's so they can fire you for lying on your job application.

~Loyal

Re:Someone isn't very smart (5, Informative)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 4 years ago | (#33965850)

I think the person creating the application form was actually quite clever as two positive (for the company) things happen this way: 1) it weeds out the idiots who admit to taking illicit drugs with some regularity and 2) it makes it much easier to fire someone for lying on their application if the employer finds out they are on illicit drugs.

As for customs, when you enter the US there is a section that literally asks if you're a spy. I hope they're not catching too many idiots that way but it does create a situation where someone who is a spy can be convicted for lying to the government. I figure the same idea applies to declaring illegal porn.

Re:Someone isn't very smart (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | about 4 years ago | (#33966114)

I like the question about whether I was a member of the Nazi Party of Germany between 1933 and 1945. I was so tempted to tick yes, but I actually wanted the visa...

Re:Someone isn't very smart (1)

dgatwood (11270) | about 4 years ago | (#33966246)

Particularly appropriate if you were born after 1945.

Re:Someone isn't very smart (1)

SydShamino (547793) | about 4 years ago | (#33966390)

Not only can lying on that one restrict entry, if you lie on that and then later become a citizen they can use it to go back and strip your citizenship and eject you from the country.

Re:Someone isn't very smart (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965904)

I'm a marihuana smoker (in a country where this is "depenalized" - meaning it is still illegal, but no punishment for using it), and if somebody asks me about that during a job interview I am open about it. I used to work for a US software/consultancy company which had clients such as NSA and CIA - the company policy was: if we ask you to go to such customers and you're a drug user, tell us. They would not fire us, they would just send another consultant.

I would say... (1)

ltcdata (626981) | about 4 years ago | (#33965664)

No, my computer is clean. But you got to erase all the dirty memories in my head, and all the dirty things i will do to the aussie chicks here!

What defines import? (1)

Roobles (1880882) | about 4 years ago | (#33965756)

So does this only apply to content that you physically bring with you on a hard drive? 99.9% of my media is stored on a server. If I access my data over the Internet while in Australia, does that fall under the same "import" restrictions? What about data left over in a browser cache? Where are the lines drawn on these issues, and in what ways does intent play a role?

Politics (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33965780)

1. I'd like to declare some illegal porn.
2. What do you have?
1. A copy of Going Rogue by Sara Palin.
(Officer proceeds to beat 1 senseless. A passer-by starts taking video).
3. I'd like to declare some illegal porn.
1. What do you have
3. A video of somebody with a copy of Sara Palin's Going Rogue being beaten with a billy-club.
ad infinitum

Australian visitors, or vistors to Australia (1)

gfreeman (456642) | about 4 years ago | (#33965908)

Grammar nazi walking here, move aside.

I have long argued for this (1)

TeriMaKiChooth (1925618) | about 4 years ago | (#33965970)

It is about time National Geographic and other wildlife magazines stopped posting pictures of Australian men molesting wild animals.

Why? (1)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | about 4 years ago | (#33966004)

Why do I instinctual click on this topic just to lay back and enjoy all the comments rated "Funny"?

Sorry Aussies but today it's your turn. Bring the ridicule on!!!

Just mail it to yourself before you board (1)

kaptink (699820) | about 4 years ago | (#33966198)

This is so easy to get around its not funny. Just like the proposed internet filter. Just take any porn you have and either post it to yourself before you leave or if its on your computer, just encrypt it. Customs officers are by no means nerds and I have my doubts as to what this stupidity will actually achieve. My guess is this legislation was a nice big candy apple for the religous nutters that seem to be taking over this government in a bid to enforce the hard word of jesus while the real sick pedo weirdos run a muck.

Oscar Wilde quote (1)

tverbeek (457094) | about 4 years ago | (#33966200)

"I have no porn to declare but my self."

Use the effort where it matters (1)

sosaited (1925622) | about 4 years ago | (#33966214)

Why is there not this much effort and news coverage on trying to stop the production of illegal porn in the first place.? If any of this hurts someone, it is at that stage. All these type of stupid laws do is invade normal people's privacy and in some cases put an innocent person in unwanted trouble. BTW, TFA doesn't mention if this applies to just hard-copies or laptop too? And what about PC Hard Drives? You can't enter in Australia without customs scanning and searching all your personal data?

On the next "Border Patrol" (1)

WinstonWolfIT (1550079) | about 4 years ago | (#33966286)

If snitch the nosy beagle detects illegal porn, he'll mount the bag.
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