The Upper House has passed the government’s bill to ban vulgar slogans on Wicked campervans.
Wicked Campers had been notorious for displaying misogynistic language on its colourful campervan fleet.
In March, Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding tabled legislation in the House of Assembly to outlaw Wicked campervans with offensive signage.
After the Legislative Council approved the bill’s passage unamended, Mr Hidding was jubilant.
“Some of the offensive slogans on these vans are completely unacceptable and offensive and clearly promote negative attitudes to women,” he said.
“There is no ability for parents to prevent their children from seeing the slogans, and it is clear that action needed to be taken to ensure they are no longer allowed on Tasmanian roads.
“This is strong action and sends the appropriate message to Wicked Campers, or any other company who believes they can display disgusting signage on our roads, that it will not be tolerated in Tasmania.”
Under the proposed new laws, any vehicle that displays an offensive slogan will be deregistered by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles if a complaint is made against it in accordance with the Advertising Standards Board.
Some of Wicked Campers’ most infamous slogans were ‘In every princess there is a little sl-t who wants to try it just once’, ‘A wife: an attachment you screw on the bed to get the housework done’, and ‘Ive [sic] often tried to drown my troubles, but I can’t get my wife to go swimming’.
While Labor and the Greens supported the government’s legislation, both parties said it did not accord with the Liberals’ plan to amend the Anti-Discrimination Act.
The proposed amendments would allow religious exemptions to people wishing to express a viewpoint that might otherwise be deemed discriminatory.
In 2016, it was said the changes were designed to encourage debate around same-sex marriage in the lead-up to a national plebiscite on the issue.
The amendment bill encountered renewed opposition when the prospect of a plebiscite began to dwindle.
On Wednesday, the Upper House also passed the government’s family violence reform bill, which many MLCs related to the Wicked Campers legislation, saying that misogynistic language can normalise a phenomenon like domestic violence.