Australia has banned the import of adult anime media and products, including hentai, into the country.
This new ban was first reported by popular Japan-based online anime retailer J-List, who informed their customers on October 14th that Australia is
killing off any chance of adult anime entering the county so he shop has had to stop shipping there. The retailer explained:
DHL Japan called us last week, informing us that Australian customs have started rejecting
packages containing any adult product. They then advised us to stop sending adult products to the country. Following that, current Australian orders with adult items in them were returned to us this week.
J-List then stated that adult
items banned by Australian customs include onaholes, hentai manga, doujinshi, cast-off figures, JAV DVDs, and any product marked with a +18 symbol on the product's thumbnail.
Australia's eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman-Grant has rejected the practicality of a know your customer-type ID verification requirement for social media companies to ensure the age of their users.
Addressing Senate Inman-Grant said such a regime
works in the banking industry as it has been heavily regulated for many years, particularly around anti-money laundering:
It would be very challenging, I would think, for Facebook for example to re-identify -- or
identify -- its 2.7 billion users, she said. How do they practically go back and do that and part of this has to do with how the internet is architected.
While she admitted it was not impossible, she said it would create a range of
other issues and that removing the ability for anonymity or to use a pseudonym is unlikely to deter cyberbullying and the like. Similarly, she said, if the social media sites were to implement a real names policy, it wouldn't be effective given the way
the systems are set up. She added:
I would also suspect there would be huge civil libertarian pushback in the US.
I think there are incremental steps we could make, I think totally getting rid
of anonymity or even [the use of] pseudonyms on the internet is going to be a very hard thing to achieve.
I want to be pragmatic here about what's in the realm of the possible, it would be great if everyone had a name tag online
so they couldn't do things without [consequence].
The Trouble with Being Born is a 2020 Austria / Germany Sci-Fi drama by Sandra Wollner. Starring Ingrid Burkhard, Susanne Gschwendtner and Simon Hatzl.
Elli is an android programmed with memories that mean everything to her owner but nothing to her. The story of a machine and the ghosts we all carry within us.
Controversial Austrian film The
Trouble With Being Born will make its belated Australian cinema debut at the Adelaide Film Festival on Saturday, three months after the Melbourne International Film Festival dropped it over accusations of 'normalising sexual interest in children'.
Sandra Wollner's dystopian sci-fi tale, which centres on the relationship between an android child called Ellie and her human Papa, will also screen later this month at the Fantastic Film Festival at Sydney's Ritz cinema.
Meanwhile, boutique Australian distributor Potential Films has bought the movie with an eye to a broader theatrical and home entertainment release after these limited festival appearances.
Adelaide Film Festival director Mat Kesting commented:
I believe one of the fundamental roles of a Film Festival is to provide a platform for critical debate about issues confronting our society.