Earlier today, I had an interview with Prime7 about Wicked campervans. I support members of the NSW Country Women’s Association for their leadership on this issue. I congratulate CWA Bangalow branch President for putting up a motion to get offensive Wicked camper slogans off our road.
Below is my comment, published at the Northern Star (18/05/2019), about the campaign to ban this company from displaying sexist, racist and violent messages.
I APPLAUD the NSW Country Women’s Association’s campaign to ban Wicked campervans from displaying sexist, racist and violent messages as reported on Page 4 of The Weekend Star, Saturday May 11, 2019.
These Wicked vans are no joke; they represent misogyny on wheels and have no place on our roads and in our major tourist spots.
That a travel company can show such blatant disrespect to women is appalling, particularly when we as a society are trying to encourage boys and men to treat girls and women as equals.
It’s not the 1970s any more. I will call out any type of advertising which does not meet modern standards of decency, and local women have asked me to help them get rid of these demeaning slogans.
I congratulate CWA Kyogle evening branch president Odette Nettleton and Kingscliff branch member Janet Twohill for calling on the NSW Government to legislate to ban this offensive advertising on vehicles.
I intend to raise this issue in Parliament because it is high time New South Wales followed Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania in cracking down on Wicked to force them to clean up their act.
The fact that they can still register their vans in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory is a loophole which must be closed.
Janelle Saffin MP
State Member for Lismore.