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An art magazine has published photo's of a nude 6 year old girl, including on the front cover.. this will certainly
lining up to get a copy...
Our opinion is that the magazine is being used to publish/ distribute child pornography in the name of art, and
the editor/ owner of the magazine
(those involved) should be charged - MAKO, 2008.
Bill Henson pulls controversial exhibition at Art Gallery after call from detective to Jay Weatherill
SA Art Gallery Chairman Michael Abbott says the gallery never planned to
exhibit naked photos of children as the art community deals with the shock
withdrawal of controversial photographer Bill Henson from its upcoming biennial.
Mr Henson pulled out of the exhibition on Wednesday just minutes after advertiser.com.au
revealed a senior SA detective had urged Premier Jay Weatherill to intervene.
Mr Henson's work has been the subject of police action at similar exhibitions in New South Wales and Victoria.
Mr Henson pulled out of the exhibition on Wednesday just minutes after advertiser.com.au revealed a senior SA
detective had urged Premier Jay Weatherill to intervene.
The detective, Brevet Sergeant Michael Newbury, wrote to Mr Weatherill — in a private capacity — expressing his
concern the exhibition may include graphic images of naked teenage children similar to those that prompted
police action at exhibitions in New South Wales and Victoria.
SA Art Gallery Director Nick Mitzevich revealed Mr Henson had pulled out of the exhibition just hours after
inquiries by The Advertiser to Mr Weatherill’s office and his office concerning the content of the exhibition
and Det. Bvt-Sgt Newbury’s letter.
Gallery director Nick Mitzevich declined to comment on Mr Henson’s decision on Wednesday night, but Mr Abbott, QC,
said the gallery had “no intention’’ of exhibiting any images sexualising children.
He said Mr Mitzevich intended to select works Mr Henson had completed “in the last five years’’ and they were
“landscapes and doorways” only.
“It was never the art gallery’s intention that the Bill Henson works to be selected would in any way relate to
the contents of this letter,’’ Mr Abbot said.
“Mr Newbury has made an assumption which is entirely incorrect and has used some aspects of his (Henson’s) work
to damn every aspect.
“The Board and Director have had a strong focus on getting children to come to the gallery. We would never have
contemplated showing anything of the type Mr Newbury suggests might have been shown.’’
Last Friday, Mr Mitzevich declined to reveal details of the exhibition content when asked by the Sunday Mail
and said the gallery would not put a rating system on the display, similar to movies, but would advise if there
were any adult themes.
Mr Abbott said the gallery had spent a considerable amount of money on an interactive centre for children and
attendances by children had been increasing annually.
When asked, Mr Abbott would not elaborate on the reason Mr Henson had withdrawn if there were no plans to exhibit
any of his controversial works.
In a statement provided by Mr Mitzevich, Mr Henson said: “I believe it is in the best interests of all if I
withdraw from participation in the 2014 Adelaide Biennial.”
In his lengthy letter, obtained by The Advertiser, Bvt-Sgt Newbury says he was “profoundly concerned’’ Mr
Weatherill, as Arts Minister, would allow the exhibition to proceed.
“I call on you to take a stand against the sexual exploitation of children and prevent this from going
ahead,’’ he states.
“I understand that life is complex and there are always competing interests, but the day we think it is
acceptable to display images of a naked girl being strangled by a naked boy, or a girl being smeared in
menstrual blood, is the day we have well and truly slid into the grey soup of moral relativism.’’
Det. Bvt-Sgt Newbury, who has played a key investigative role in several major SA pedophile cases and was
the arresting officer in the Malcolm Fox inquiry, says the images taken by Mr Henson have been “unusually
popular’’ among a number of pedophiles he has dealt with and he believes such an exhibition “can only further
encourage them to morally neutralise their behaviour.’’
“The benefits of his works are, at best, in the eye of the beholder and in this case the beholders appear
to be a tight-knit arts clique insensitive to the magnitude of suffering caused by pedophilia — or pedophiles
themselves,’’ he states in the letter.
The Art Gallery of South Australia owns 14 Henson works — which include photographs of naked young men. None
of the works are on display.
In 2008 Mr Henson featured a series of pictures of a 13-year-old naked girl in a Sydney exhibition that was
subsequently raided by NSW police. The officers seized 20 pictures and said he would be prosecuted, but
the Director of Public Prosecutions later decided against pursuing any charges.
As a result of the incident the NSW government amended child pornography laws to delete the defence of
“artistic merit”. Displays of this nature can now only be held with a ratings classification.
Prior to Mr Henson withdrawing from the exhibition, Anglican Archbishop Jeffrey Driver called on Mr
Weatherill to “carefully consider’’ the material that would be included in the exhibition.
He said while there “is beauty in exploring the human form, a line needs to be drawn to protect
prepubescent and pubescent children.’’
“Human sexuality is a wonderful thing, but the journey of young children towards sexual maturity
needs a special kind of protection,’’ he said.
“This is not the Church being prudish. Rather it comes from some of the painful lessons of recent
decades, where we have come to understand much better the complex factors that open children to
exploitation and abuse.
“Frank artistic expression has its place, but not when it encroaches on the sexual boundaries of our
children. Let’s allow our children to be children; it’s the best way to ensure that they become
relationally and sexually integrated adults.’’
In a statement Mr Weatherill said the State Government “is not going to be censoring the
Art Gallery’s decision-making.”
“I have great confidence that neither the Art Gallery, nor its board of directors, would exhibit
art that exploits children,’’ he said.
“Nevertheless, the Art Gallery has now advised me that Bill Henson has withdrawn from the exhibition.”
Child abuse expert professor Freda Briggs said she felt the displaying of sexualised images of
children was “inappropriate.’’
“There are community concerns that this type of material is going to be shown at a public art
gallery,’’ she said.
“Photographing children in sexual poses can be damaging to the children, even if the parents have
approved it because you don’t know what their reaction will be down the track.
“Also, it is not beneficial for society to perceive children as sex objects.’’
Adults Surviving Child Abuse president Dr Kathy Kezelman also called on both the State Government
and the Art Gallery of SA to “carefully consider’’ the types of images displayed prior to Mr Henson
“They need to very carefully consider what these images portray and the potential impact the messages
are giving around children to the general community,’’ she said.
Dr Kezelman, a national advocate for abuse victims, said while she had not seen any of the images she
was aware of the prior controversy surrounding them.
“In this climate where we have a Royal Commission into responses to child sexual assault any images or
any suggestions that are sexually exploitative must be viewed very seriously,’’ she said.
Adelaide Advertiser (18-9-2013)
SA Art Gallery will not put rating system on Bill Henson images
South Australia's premier art gallery has refused to rule out showing photos of naked children from a
controversial interstate photographer at a forthcoming exhibition.
The Art Gallery of South Australia plans to pay Bill Henson a $2000 appearance fee to exhibit photos at
its "Dark Heart'' themed Biennial showcase from March 1 to May 11.
Critics have urged the gallery not to host images that sexualised children but director Nick Mitzevich,
who has seen Mr Henson's work, refused to reveal details of the planned exhibition.
Mr Mitzevich dismissed suggestions that the gallery wanted controversy to draw people to the show, saying
"controversy is irrelevant''.
In 2008, Mr Henson exhibited photographs of a naked 13-year-old girl at a NSW gallery that
triggered a raid by police, who seized the photos.
Mr Mitzevich said the SA Art Gallery would not put a rating system - similar to that used for adult movies - on
the show, saying if he had to put a label on all nudes he would need 500 or so signs.
"Nudity is a perennial theme for the past 2000 years or so,'' he said. "We respond to community expectations
and will advise if any work up ahead has adult themes.
''Bill has had an extraordinary career and his work is very much in keeping with the theme of 'dark heart', which we want.
''He is one of the world's leading photographers, who evokes emotion using light and dark and (he) will be
showing a brand new body of work that will be revealed close to the launch.''
Family First MP Robert Brokenshire urged the gallery to ensure no photographs shown expose or put young people at risk.
''My major concern is that this event is funded by the State Labor Government, who must ensure contemporary art can be
appreciated by the general public,'' he said.
University of South Australia child protection expert Dr Elspeth McInnes said it was impossible to
predict the long-term impact that posing nude in a sexual manner would have on a child.
''Even if a parent provides consent, that's from their (adult) perspective and it's not the same
as how children would experience it,'' she said.
''It's complex, but I think we should always come back to erring on the side of protecting
children rather than adults' right to what they want in public.''
A spokesman for Arts Minister Jay Weatherill said: "It is a matter for the independent board
of the Art Gallery and its director Mr Mitzevich. The State Government doesn't involve itself
in censoring art or artists.''
In 2008, actor Cate Blanchett and NSW Art Gallery director Edmond Capon defended Mr
Henson's work - including a naked girl restrained by a naked boy with both arms around her
throat, and a girl smeared with menstrual blood - saying they were "orchestrated
with this wonderful sensual baroque exoticism''.
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Bill Henson Storm Prompts New Schools Visitor Policy
Controversial artists and political figures could be banned from schools under new rules introduced after the Bill Henson affair.
Henson, a photographer known for his images of naked children, caused a storm after it was revealed he had been allowed to scout for
child models at St Kilda Park Primary School.
A probe last year cleared the principal of any wrongdoing, but the Brumby Government promised to review its school visitor guidelines.
New rules, seen by the Herald Sun, mean all visitors at least will have to register their arrival and departure during school hours.
Parents walking their children to class before school starts or picking them up after school will not be affected.
The Education Department guidelines urge schools to consider the potential for a visitor to cause controversy within the school
and broader community.
"Where initiatives involve external presenters speaking on controversial matters, invitations should generally come from
the school . . . and not from groups wishing to use the school as a forum to advance their causes," the guidelines say.
Principals or delegated staff members should conduct due diligence on potential visitors before making a decision.
Schools are also warned that it's not their main role to help recruit students for cultural, sporting, recreational or business activities.
Schools must decide if they want to give access to talent scouts representing children's choirs, drama groups, sporting associations,
film companies seeking actors and modelling agencies.
Camberwell High principal Elida Brereton, whose school was used in the new Nicolas Cage movie Knowing,
said the new rules seemed reasonable.
"We haven't had issues about inappropriate people coming in," she said.
"If there's a Christian group that wants to come in to talk to the kids at lunchtime, then we will run it through school council."
Ms Brereton said the biggest problem was ex-students coming to the school and trying to meet friends during school hours.
Principal of Brighton Beach Primary, Lee Murnane, said his school already required visitors to sign in and wear name badges.
Mr Murnane said the new guidelines were stricter and would be considered by his education committee.
Parents Victoria and the Victorian Principals Association welcomed the new policy.
All schools are expected to review their policies and procedures to ensure they reflected the guidelines.
Herald Sun (19-3-2009)
Bill Henson Scandal Prompts Overhaul of Art Laws
Laws regulating child nudity and art will be overhauled in New South Wales the wake
of the Bill Henson controversy.
Photographers and film-makers will no longer be able to rely on a legal defence of
"artistic purpose" under one of the biggest shake-ups of NSW child-protection laws.
In a move likely to trigger intense debate, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the State
Government has given in-principle support to the proposal, which is among a raft of
amendments put forward by the NSW Sentencing Council.
A package of new legislation will be introduced into State Parliament this year.
Included will be a new offence of voyeurism, to replace outdated "peeping and prying" laws,
and tougher laws targeting teachers, scout masters and other adults in a position of authority over children.
There will also be a new offence to address the practice of meeting a child after "grooming"
them with indecent material for sexual purposes. It will carry a maximum sentence of 10 years' jail.
The move to strike out the artistic purpose defence follows intense community debate over an
exhibition by artist Bill Henson in May.
Police shut the exhibition and seized 32 pictures, following public uproar over a picture of
a naked 12-year-old girl on the exhibition invitation.
The NSW Director of Public Prosecutions, Nicholas Cowdery, QC, declined to prosecute Henson,
while the Classification Board declared the images were not pornography.
In his landmark report, Sentencing Council chairman, Justice James Wood, cited a recent case
where the defence was used to justify photographs having been taken of acts of indecency committed
against a person under the age of 16 years.
The retired Supreme Court judge said it was argued that the acts and the taking of photographs
were undertaken for the political and artistic means of making a protest about the abuse of females.
Mr Wood recommended the removal of the clause.
"The council is concerned that material which would otherwise constitute child pornography and be
such as to cause offence to reasonable persons, should then be defensible on the potentially
controversial and uncertain ground that the defendant was acting for a genuine artistic purpose," he said.
The State Government will set up a working group to examine how to implement the recommendation.
NSW Attorney-General John Hatzistergos said the Child Pornography Working Party would examine how
best to deal with cases involving artists and journalists.
"The protection of people from sexual abuse and exploitation are among the most important
responsibilities the Government has to the community," he said.
"After a comprehensive and balanced examination of our laws, the Sentencing Council has
recommended the most significant crackdown on sex offences in a generation. The Child
Pornography Working Party will also examine the artistic purposes defence, in the context
of child pornography involving the more general category of depicting children in a sexual context."
The move follows a year-long review by the council into the state's sexual assault laws, in the
wake of growing community concern about child pornography.
Under the proposed crackdown, adults in a position of authority found guilty of indecent offences
against children will be liable to a maximum sentence of 25 years jail.
Other penalties to be increased include that of child prostitution, with offenders to face
a 14-year jail term - an increase of four years.
The Sunday Telegraph (26-10-2008)
Children Left Exposed
The Education Department must launch an investigation into why artist Bill Henson was allowed
to wander freely around a Melbourne primary school while scouting for children to photograph naked.
Henson, who gained notoriety last May for his photos of a naked 12-year-old girl, was reportedly
invited by the school principal to pick potential child models from the playground. The principal then
phoned parents of two children chosen to ask their permission, according to a new book on the photographer.
What was this as-yet-unnamed school principal thinking? Henson should never have been allowed in the playground in the first place.
The incident has, naturally, outraged and alarmed parents, principals and politicians.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said parents would be "revolted and horrified" by the report. Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull said he "shared the outrage expressed by many people".
The photographer is unrepentant. In an interview he said: "I went in there (the school) -- just wandered around while everyone was having their lunch. I saw this boy, and I saw a girl too actually, and I thought they would be great and the principal said, 'Fine, I will give the parents a ring and let you know'."
Henson admitted it was not the first time he had been invited to schools to search for models.
Our primary schools should not be used as talent agencies for artists. There is overwhelming evidence of the harmful effects of commercialisation and premature sexualisation of children, particularly young girls.
The principal should have known better than to encourage Henson. His or her betrayal of parental trust is unforgivable and the Education Department must now take firm action.
Sunday Herald Sun (5-10-2008)
Probe Ordered Into Artist Bill Henson's Visit to School
Premier John Brumby has demanded an investigation into how controversial artist Bill Henson was allowed to visit a Victorian primary school to find young models.
Mr Brumby has ordered an urgent inquiry into how Henson was allowed to tour the Melbourne school to look for boys and girls for his artwork, which
often features children in various states of undress and nudity.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood refused to name the school, but sources last night named St Kilda Park Primary School.
Mr Brumby joined in a chorus of concern about the claims. "Such activity in a state school is completely inappropriate," he said.
"Like all parents, I have a deep concern about this sort of behaviour and I've asked the Education Minister for a full report from the department
and the school on this matter."
The revelation that Henson wandered the playground at lunchtime, accompanied by the school's principal, is made in a book, The Henson Case, by journalist David Marr.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said: "If the report is accurate, I am disgusted by it. I think parents would be revolted and horrified if this were true."
Government sources said rumours the school was St Kilda Park Primary in Fitzroy St were on the mark.
An Education Department spokeswoman said the principal was no longer at the school, but would not say whether she had been sacked.
"We can say that an investigation is under way and the principal has received counselling," she said. "She is not at the school any more, but
she has been counselled."
New St Kilda Park Primary principal Jenny McCrabb said the scandal was news to her.
"I start Monday and know nothing about it," she said.
School council president David Myer refused to believe Henson could be allowed around the school grounds.
"The more I think about it the more ridiculous the idea is," he said.
Sue Cato, Henson's publicist, said: "He did not wander around the school, he was supervised the whole time and followed strict protocols."
In May, police closed a Henson exhibition in Sydney, seizing 32 photographs including one of a naked girl, 12.
Sunday Herald Sun (5-10-2008)
Peter Rolfe and Sue Hewitt
Gillard 'Shocked' by Henson's Scouting
Federal education minister Julia Gillard says allowing a photographer to scout out a primary school playground for nude models would send a shudder down people's spines.
Photographer Bill Henson, whose portraits of naked teenagers sparked outrage earlier this year, says he checked out a Melbourne primary school, accompanied by the principal, to find models for his work.
Ms Gillard said today she was shocked by the revelation when it came out yesterday.
"To find out now that someone has been allowed to go into a school to look at children I think would send a shudder through people's spines," Ms Gillard told the Nine Network.
She said no one should be on school grounds unless they were there for a legitimate purpose relating to the education of young people.
The Victorian Government has announced an investigation into the incident.
Ms Gillard said child protection was primarily a matter for the states and did not indicate the Federal Government would be taking action over the incident, although she said governments were working on a national child protection framework.
She criticised Henson's nude photographs, which were removed from an art gallery earlier this year but later returned.
"I found the images disturbing, I was very concerned about them," she said.
Ms Gillard sought to attack federal Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull over comments he made earlier in the year in relation to the Henson issue, in defence of artistic freedom.
"I also note the leader of the Opposition seems to have changed his mind from earlier this year on this matter, earlier this year he was more in the artistic freedom camp, saying he himself owned Henson works," she said.
"But I'm glad to see that he has joined with the Government on this occasion to say that it is a disturbing incident."
Bill Henson Patrolled Primary School for Models
Revelations that photographer Bill Henson selected children to pose nude for him by scouring primary school playgrounds
at lunchtime have sparked anger and alarm among parents groups and principals.
Four months after NSW police seized Henson's work from a Sydney gallery, the photographer has sparked renewed
debate after making his first public defence of his work.
Yesterday, Henson told The Daily Telegraph he had been introduced to the principal of a Melbourne primary school, who
agreed to let him scout for potential models.
"I went in there - just wandered around while everyone was having their lunch. I saw this boy, and I saw a girl too actually,
and I thought they would be great and the principal said, 'Fine, I will give the parents a ring and let you know'.
'The girl's parents went, 'Oh no, we don't think it's for us', and the boy's parents said, 'Yes, sure.' So that is how I started working with him."
In a book by journalist David Marr, Henson says he finds models in several different ways.
Most often, he is introduced to them by a friend or relative, but sometimes he sees a child in public and gives a business card to their parents.
Leonie Trimper, president of the Australian Primary Principals Association, said parents should have
been told in advance about Henson's visit, The Australian reported.
"Primary schools are not showcases for the public to come in and choose students for their own personal projects."
Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan described the unnamed school supervisor's act as, "the ultimate betrayal of trust"
and said he would be raising the matter with Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard and Attorney-General Robert McClelland.
Mr Heffernan said the principal's actions were, "bloody outrageous".
"Every child should have an unconditional guarantee of safe passage through school," he said.
"For a school principal to take a deliberate decision (to allow) a commercial photographer to trawl through
the schoolyard is unforgivable.
"I will be doing something in the Federal Parliament about this."
But Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush came to Henson's defence amid the latest controversy over the photographer's work,
saying public discussion of the furore had been "shrill".
"We're not a very arts-attuned society," Rush told The Weekend Australian.
"So people start to see only the sexual politics of it.
"In terms of young actors, how does a casting director find a Kodi Smit-McPhee when (director) Richard Roxburgh needs an 11-year-old actor for Romulus My Father?
"These are very pragmatic, industrial processes. And I'm sure that the best goodwill of that negotiation is always uppermost."
At the time of the raid on the Sydney gallery, police threatened to charge both Henson and the gallery, but
the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions
later found there was insufficient evidence to proceed.
The Australian (4-10-2008)
Ashleigh Wilson/ Matthew Westwood
Henson Playground Reports Disgust PM
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has weighed into a new row over controversial artist Bill
Henson after it was reported Henson searched a primary school playground for subjects.
Mr Rudd said if the report about acclaimed photographer Bill Henson were true he
was "disgusted", while other politicians and a teachers' group have expressed concern.
"If the report is accurate, I am disgusted by it," he said.
"I think parents would be revolted and horrified if this were true."
An exhibition by the internationally-known artist was shut down by police ahead
of its opening in May after accusations that some of his photographs, particularly
one of a naked adolescent girl, were pornographic.
But prosecutors later said there was no reasonable prospect of a conviction and
returned 20 works which had been seized.
The scandal has erupted again after journalist David Marr reported in a new book
that Henson had been allowed to wander around a primary school playground at
lunchtime, accompanied by the principal, in search of subjects.
Federal Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull says he shares the outrage that has
"The matters that have been described in the media are totally inappropriate and
unacceptable and I share the outrage that has been expressed by many people at these
events," he said.
Marr told Sky News the impression that Henson "roamed the playground unsupervised" was
wrong and that "the only contact with the photographer was if the parents of the children
wished to talk to him".
The president of the Australian Primary Principals Association, Leonie Trimper, said
it made no difference that the school principal had accompanied Henson.
"It doesn't matter which way you look at it, I think it's still inappropriate," she said.
"Primary schools are not there to be a ready commercial market for individuals."
Earlier the head of the Victorian Principals Association has described a decision to
let controversial artist Bill Henson look for models at a primary school as a mistake.
Principals Association president Fred Ackerman says it is an unfortunate incident and
one that would not have happened had the principal and photographer known what the outcome would be.
"I think that what's happened here is something that seemingly is relatively low level and
most definitely innocent," he said.
"It has occurred without the thought of how it might be perceived or interpreted by other
people at a later date."
The dramatic closure of Henson's exhibition shortly before it was to open in May triggered
fierce debate, with Mr Rudd declaring the works "absolutely revolting".
But artists such as Hollywood star Cate Blanchett backed Henson, saying stifling art would
damage Australia's international reputation.
The police decision not to press charges came as the Australian censor found that the image
of the naked girl was mild and "not sexualised to any degree".
ABC/ AFP (4-10-2008)
Henson's School Model Search 'A Mistake'
The head of the Victorian Principals Association has described a decision to
let controversial artist Bill Henson look for models at a primary school as a mistake.
In a book by journalist David Marr, Henson said a Melbourne Primary School
principal agreed to let him enter the playground at lunch-time to search for
suitable child models.
Mr Henson's exhibition in March was shut down by police after complaints were
received about images of a naked 12-year-old girl.
Principals Association president Fred Ackerman says it is an unfortunate incident
and one that would not have happened had the principal and photographer known what the outcome would be.
"I think that what's happened here is something that seemingly is relatively low
level and most definitely innocent," he said.
"It has occurred without the thought of how it might be perceived or interpreted
by other people at a later date."
A spokeswoman for Henson says he has no comment to make about the matter.
Rudd Slams Nude Child Photo
A provocative picture of a naked six-year-old girl has been used on the cover of a taxpayer-funded magazine
in protest over the treatment of artist Bill Henson.
Mr Rudd this morning said he did not believe the magazine's use of the picture was appropriate.
"I have very deep, strong, personal views on this, which is that we should be on about maximising the
protection of children," Mr Rudd said.
"I don't think this is a step in the right direction at all."
"A little child cannot answer for themselves about whether they wish to be depicted in this way."
Angered by the "hysteria" over Henson's pictures of a 13-year-old girl, the magazine also ran a number
of highly sexualised images inside.
Art Monthly Australia editor Maurice O'Riordan said he hoped the July edition would restore some "dignity to the debate".
An angry Premier Morris Iemma yesterday threatened to pull the magazine's funding.
The July edition of Art Monthly Australia also includes several provocative photos of children posing naked
in adult jewellery as well as naked teenage girls.
In the editorial, Maurice O'Riordan said he chose the 2003 picture of the young girl in the
"hope of restoring some dignity to the debate" and to "validate nudity and childhood as subjects for art".
The image, taken by Melbourne-based Polixeni, is believed to be her own daughter.
Mr O'Riordan, who does not have children of his own, told The Sunday Telegraph he did not care if it stirred
"I believe the image is of a six-year-old girl," he said.
"Maybe this is bold, but I don't see the need to give in to that sort of hysteria or the prospect of complaint.
"I couldn't really understand the furore."
The artist, Polixeni, said she supports the use of her work for the magazine's cover.
"We need to be clever enough to distinguish art from other types of images, otherwise we live in danger of
eradicating any image of childhood in this culture for future generations to see.''
Art Monthly Australia receives more than $50,000 in funding from the federal Government's Council for the Arts
and lists the NSW Ministry for the Arts under sponsors and partner. The State Government has issued grants to
the magazine in previous years.
Premier Morris Iemma immediately threatened towithdraw future funding after he was contacted about the images
"Images of this kind are distasteful, exploitative of children - a cheap, sick stunt at the expense of a young
child,'' he said.
"We've now reached a sad point where some people think naked kids can boost their sales and get them a headline.
We will have no role in funding them while they use images that exploit children.''
More than 5000 copies of the magazine have been distributed across Australia.
The magazine also includes images by Bill Henson.
In May, police raided the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Paddington, confiscating several images by Henson including
the photographs of a naked 13-year-old girl.
The photos sparked major national debate and angered several organisations, including child-welfare groups, with
Premier Morris Iemma labelling the works "offensive and disgusting''.
Mr Henson was cleared of any wrongdoing following a police investigation.
A spokeswoman for the Australia Council yesterday defended their decision to help fund the magazine. She said the
Council regarded Mr Henson as one of the country's premier artists.
The Sunday Telegraph (6-7-2008)