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One dying industry laments the demise of another?

By johnboy - 12 January 2012 20

The Canberra Times is casting an eye over the decline of the Canberra X-rated industry as fanciers of such material find it easier, and considerably less embarrassing to consume the vast sea of free material available on the internet.

[Robbie Swan] says the industry used to turn over $34million a year in ACT wholesale retail sales. It now scrapes about $2million.

The astonishing thing is anyone’s still spending $2 million considering how much free stuff is out there.

Which isn’t to say the sex industry is doomed. One imagines hands on retail has some appeal for the gadgets and gizmos.

What’s Your opinion?


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20 Responses to
One dying industry laments the demise of another?
shirty_bear 5:29 pm 12 Jan 12

Much like the music industry, the porn retail industry has shot itself in the foot by charging silly $$ for product of uncertain quality. No sympathy here.

They won’t disappear entirely, but they’ll never bounce back either.
(hmmm … gotta be at least one entendre there :-/

NoImRight 4:17 pm 12 Jan 12

Waiting For Godot said :

NoImRight said :

When oh when will this illegal Labor Government stop the lies!!!???? Admit they have no solutions to this very real problem thats affects ordinary Australians.They are pandering to their Green masters who deplore the impact on the environment from the manufacture of these ordinary household items. I call on the Government to call an election now on this issue

Well, actually an election was (partly) fought on the issue in the past. In 1993 the Liberals pledged to tighten censorship laws and ban X-rated videos in those pre-Net days. The porn industry sent letters to everybody on their mailing lists urging them to vote Labor to keep X-rated videos legally available. Despite the Keating Labor government being diabolically unpopular they scraped back into office by the barest of margins. A few seats in Qld – the largest consumers of X-rated videos by mail from Canberra – saved the government.

You sound like some sort of commie.

Erg0 4:11 pm 12 Jan 12

switch said :

bikhet said :

I used to say that money coming into the ACT only came in for one of three reasons – taxes, porn or fireworks. Fireworks, at least the legal kind, are gone and porn seems to be going.

Thus proving again that the only sure things in life are death and taxes.

At least we’ve still got Summernats.

Waiting For Godot 3:58 pm 12 Jan 12

NoImRight said :

When oh when will this illegal Labor Government stop the lies!!!???? Admit they have no solutions to this very real problem thats affects ordinary Australians.They are pandering to their Green masters who deplore the impact on the environment from the manufacture of these ordinary household items. I call on the Government to call an election now on this issue

Well, actually an election was (partly) fought on the issue in the past. In 1993 the Liberals pledged to tighten censorship laws and ban X-rated videos in those pre-Net days. The porn industry sent letters to everybody on their mailing lists urging them to vote Labor to keep X-rated videos legally available. Despite the Keating Labor government being diabolically unpopular they scraped back into office by the barest of margins. A few seats in Qld – the largest consumers of X-rated videos by mail from Canberra – saved the government.

rosscoact 3:24 pm 12 Jan 12

NoImRight said :

RedDogInCan said :

NoImRight said :

this very real problem thats affects ordinary Australians.

Since when has the availability of free porn been a problem?

Obviously you care nothing about the local industry and keeping jobs in Canberra! This will probably push house prices up too making a 4 bedroom, ensuite double garage property almost unobtainable on a HECS loan. How can I budget for my car rego without access to lacally based porn products of dubious quality??

You are on fire today!

Thumper 2:25 pm 12 Jan 12

Sorry, missed the sarc tags….

Thumper 2:23 pm 12 Jan 12

NoImRight said :

When oh when will this illegal Labor Government stop the lies!!!???? Admit they have no solutions to this very real problem thats affects ordinary Australians.They are pandering to their Green masters who deplore the impact on the environment from the manufacture of these ordinary household items. I call on the Government to call an election now on this issue

Just run it by me again, why is the government illegal?

Deref 2:19 pm 12 Jan 12

NoImRight said :

When oh when will this illegal Labor Government stop the lies!!!???? Admit they have no solutions to this very real problem thats affects ordinary Australians.They are pandering to their Green masters who deplore the impact on the environment from the manufacture of these ordinary household items. I call on the Government to call an election now on this issue

😀

Gold.

NoImRight 1:10 pm 12 Jan 12

RedDogInCan said :

NoImRight said :

this very real problem thats affects ordinary Australians.

Since when has the availability of free porn been a problem?

Obviously you care nothing about the local industry and keeping jobs in Canberra! This will probably push house prices up too making a 4 bedroom, ensuite double garage property almost unobtainable on a HECS loan. How can I budget for my car rego without access to lacally based porn products of dubious quality??

RedDogInCan 12:51 pm 12 Jan 12

NoImRight said :

this very real problem thats affects ordinary Australians.

Since when has the availability of free porn been a problem?

switch 12:44 pm 12 Jan 12

bikhet said :

I used to say that money coming into the ACT only came in for one of three reasons – taxes, porn or fireworks. Fireworks, at least the legal kind, are gone and porn seems to be going.

Thus proving again that the only sure things in life are death and taxes.

bikhet 12:23 pm 12 Jan 12

I used to say that money coming into the ACT only came in for one of three reasons – taxes, porn or fireworks. Fireworks, at least the legal kind, are gone and porn seems to be going.

fgzk 12:00 pm 12 Jan 12

NoImRight. There would be lots of wankers on hand, come election day.

NoImRight 11:47 am 12 Jan 12

When oh when will this illegal Labor Government stop the lies!!!???? Admit they have no solutions to this very real problem thats affects ordinary Australians.They are pandering to their Green masters who deplore the impact on the environment from the manufacture of these ordinary household items. I call on the Government to call an election now on this issue

colourful sydney rac 10:47 am 12 Jan 12

retail sales would include things you could not get for free on the internet, eg *erm* marital aids…

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