In December 2008, Donald McDonald, the Director of the Classification Board, wrote to the publisher of DIRTY DEEDS requesting that issue number eight be submitted for classification. None of the previous issues of this the Queensland based graffiti magazine had been rated.
A submittable publication is a title that would likely be rated Category 1, 2, or RC. If the Director of the Classification Board believes a title fits this definition, then he may request the publisher send it in for rating.
Donald McDonald AC
Editor Dirty Deeds
Notice to submit publication for classification within three days
I am writing to advise you that I have reviewed the following publication and that you are now required to submit an application for classification of this publication within three business days.
Title: Dirty Deeds Volume: Issue 08
Australian publisher/distributor: Dirty Deeds
Number of pages: 100
Country of origin: Australia
Under sub-section 46(1) of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Act 1995 (NSW), if:
(a) the Director has reasonable grounds to believe that a publication
is a submittable publication, and
(b) the publication is being published in New South Wales, or the Director has reasonable grounds to believe that it will be published in New South Wales,
the Director may, by notice in writing given to the publisher of the publication, require the publisher to submit an application under the Commonwealth Act for classification of the publication (or of subsequent issues of the publication).
`Submittable publication' is defined in section 5 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth) (the Classification Act) to mean:
an unclassified publication that, having regard to section 9A or to the Code and the classification guidelines to the extent that they relate to publications, contains depictions or descriptions that:
(a) are likely to cause the publication to be classified RC; or
(b) are likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult to the extent that the publication should not be sold or displayed as an unrestricted publication; or
(c) are unsuitable for a minor to see or read.
Publish' is defined in section 5 of the Classification Act to include 'sell, offer for sale, let on hire, exhibit, display, distribute and demonstrate'.
I have reasonable grounds to believe the above named publication is a submittable publication and I believe it has been published in New South Wales.
I have therefore decided to issue this notice requiring the publisher to submit an application for classification of the publication.
Information about how to apply, including the application form and fees, is available at www.classification.aov.au . You may also wish to contact David Emery, the Applications Manager, on (02) 9289 7100. It is an offence not to comply within three business days after receiving this notice.
A notice of my decision will be published in the Commonwealth Gazette.
3rd December 2008
The publisher, Dirty Deeds Streetwear, complied with the request and submitted it for classification. In January 2009, DIRTY DEEDS #8 was banned by the Classification Board because it promoted a criminal act, the vandalism of public property.
Annual Report 2008-2009
It also became apparent from the purchasing of these adult publications that many of the publications had not been classified. The Director has the power to call in publications for classification where reasonable grounds exist to believe that an unclassified publication is a submittable publication, being published in an Australian jurisdiction. I called in the publications that were unclassified. If a distributor did not comply with a call in notice, the Department was asked to advise law enforcement agencies.
During the reporting period, I also called in other publications which came to my attention. These publications were graffiti magazines,
RC (Refused Classification)
Annual Report 2008-2009
Publications classified RC cannot be sold or displayed in Australia. During the reporting period, of the total of 180 publications classified, five publications were classified RC .
Three publications called in for classification during the reporting period were classified RC .
Dirty Deeds Issue 08 was classified RC as it promoted a criminal act, the vandalism of public property.
In July 2015, issue #2 (2004), #7 (2007), #9 (2009), #10 (2010), #11 (2011), and #14 (2015) were banned by the Classification Board. The reason given was:
The publication is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Publications Table, 1. (c) as publications that "promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence".
Interestingly, issue #12 (2012) and #13 (2013) were passed with M (Unrestricted) ratings.
The applicant was the Queensland Police Service Graffiti Task Force. At the same time they received RC-ratings for the graffiti DVDs CHASING REALITY (2013), RIVER CITY (2010) and RIVER CITY 2 (2013).
See the 70K (2006) entry in our Film Censorship Database for more information about graffiti games and DVDs that have been banned in Australia.