This Wicked Campervan was spotted in Brisbane last week with Victorian licence plates:
(pic: Boycott Wicked Campers Facebook)
Under existing laws, there is nothing to prevent this. Even when Ad Standards upholds complaints- as it has against Wicked Campers more than eighty times - they have no authority to enforce rulings, and there are no penalties for repeat offenders.
Collective Shout is calling for uniform laws across the country to deregister Wicked Campers if it does not abide Ad Standards rulings. Tasmania, ACT and Queensland have already passed these laws, but we still need MPs to enact similar legislation in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, where a private members bill by MP Katrine Hilydard has received overwhelming support.
Just last month, the federal Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer called for a national response against Wicked Campers’ “sexist, misogynist and offensive slogans”, writing to state and territory ministers seeking their urgent support.
Also in March, festival promoter Adrian Buckley announced that Wicked Campers would be banned from Wollombi music festival. We welcomed this news, and are calling on other music festivals to do the same.
Earlier this year news broke that festival promoter Adrian Buckley had made the executive decision to ban Wicked Camper vans from all future Wollombi music festival events.
Adrian spoke to Collective Shout co founder Melinda Tankard Reist and explained that Wicked Campers does not represent any of their festival values. They wanted to send a strong message, not only to Wicked Campers, but also to the wider community and decided to ban the vans outright.
In the past Wollombi music festival had encouraged people to not bring the offensive vans into the festival but decided as of this year they needed to go one step further and ban them altogether.
Adrian's hope is that all festivals would ban Wicked Campers as a business until they change their ways.
Collective Shout is officially calling on four main festivals to join Wollombi and ban Wicked Camper vans from all future events:
"Sexist, misogynistic and offensive"Read more
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"The slogan has obvious sexual innuendo attached to it."Read more
Not harmless, not funny: Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission supports bill to ban Wicked Campers
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Collective Shout is pleased to be part of this joint statement released by SA Shadow Minister for the Status of Women Katrine Hildyard today.
State governments must take urgent action to bring Wicked Campers into line. Queensland, Tasmania and ACT have all taken legislative measures to force compliance – or risk de-registration.