Push to ban porn from petrol stations

Timaru Herald 04 December 2008

Penthouse, Playboy and even the less raunchy Ralph could be pulled from the shelves of BP and Shell service stations if a lobby group has its way. Family First New Zealand is pressuring the oil companies to follow their Australian counterparts and remove the adult magazines from their shops, but “that is just the beginning”. National director Bob McCoskrie said the Australian branches of BP and Shell had set a precedent and New Zealand needed to follow suit. “Further down the line” the party would ask dairies, book shops and other service stations to ban the material.

“It is inappropriate for porn magazines, some hardcore porn, to be displayed in stores where children and young people can be so easily exposed to explicitly sexual materials and where families are offended by the titles and the materials on the covers.” Mr McCoskrie told The Timaru Herald yesterday the group is not seeking to remove the magazines from every shop. “It’s not saying to ban them completely. Let’s remove them from places frequented by families and children.”
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