Australia to stop and search incoming travellers for PC porn -

The always tolerant and liberal Aussie government has given custom officers the power to rifle through travellers' laptops and mobiles in case of pornography.

According to Fiona Patten, president of the Australian Sex Party, custom officials are now perfectly within their rights to check electronic devices. It comes following a new question on Incoming Passenger Cards which asks travellers if they are carrying pornography. Pornography rated R18+ and X18+ is perfectly legal in Australia, but travellers could theoretically still be hassled.

Patten asks the Brisbane Times: "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?"

Customs officials have confirmed that there is indeed a reference to carrying pornography on the Incoming Passenger Cards and that resulting searches may "involve the discovery of personal or sensitive possessions." Although according to the Aussie government, officers have been trained to in the arts of tact and discretion. Then, we're sure these American blokes were supposed to be trained in tact too.

It is thought that the measure is meant to combat against child pornography, but protection group Bravehearts told the Brisbane Times that merely asking about pornography is too broad of a term and that the question should only mention illegal pornography. While we can imagine embarrassed travellers writing 'no' on the form, if they do so and are found with a jazz mag or anything on their electronics devices they will be breaking the law.

Australia recently put a ban on women with A-cup breasts appearing in pornography.