Don’t plan on taking that copy of Playboy on your trip to Australia

I am not sure what is going on in Australia but I’m seriously beginning to think that the politicians in that country have been spending too long hanging upside down. After all how else do you explain one of the stupidest ideas to come out of any bureaucracy let alone from a supposed democratic one.

Just in case you missed this during your daily surfing of the news it seems that the Australian customs officers have a whole new set of powers that will let them search incoming travellers’ laptops and mobile phones for <GASP> pornography.

A spokesman said that the customs officers have been trained to apply “tact and discretion” in their interactions with passengers but that the idea behind the added powers are meant to inform travellers that some forms of pornography maybe prohibited from being imported.

“Is it fair that customs officers rummage through someone’s luggage and pull out a legal men’s magazine or a lesbian journal in front of their children or their mother-in-law?” she [Fiona Patten – president of the Australian Sex Party] said.

“If you and your partner have filmed or photographed yourselves making love in an exotic destination or even taking a bath, you will have to answer ‘Yes’ to the question or you will be breaking the law.”

Customs confirmed the new reference to “pornography” on the Incoming Passenger Cards and the search powers, acknowledging that searches conducted by officers may involve the discovery of “personal or sensitive possessions”.

Source:Sydney Morning Herald

I wonder if that will include sex toys?

hat tip to Paul O’Flaherty for the story tip