Australian Authorities Official’s Anime Figures, Joker Statue Declared A “Psychological Hazard”

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An Australian authorities official’s show of popular culture, comics and anime collectible figurines of their workplace has been declared a ‘psychological hazard’, in keeping with an announcement from the Comcare government company.

The weird intersection of public servant and waifu collectible figurines entered the nationwide consciousness final yr. Round 20 collectible figurines had been reportedly displayed within the workplace of Gerard Boyce, who stays the deputy president of the Truthful Work Fee, and the figures had change into the topic of debate at a Senate Estimates listening to.

Some members of the Truthful Work Fee questioned whether or not the collectible figurines would “undermine belief within the professionalism” of the Fee on the time, and the deputy president was pressured to take away not less than one of many collectible figurines. It’s not clear precisely what was eliminated, however the Sydney Morning Herald reported that a few of the figures included Scarlett Johansson’s illustration of the Main Ghost within the Shell, a figurine of Jared Leto’s Joker, together with Harley Quinn in fishnets, and Captain America. There’s additionally this photograph in a brand new story this week, that includes two characters together with a Vampirella Premium Format determine from Sideshow Collectibles.

A yr after that furore, Comcare — a authorities physique which oversees work, well being and security for the Commonwealth — discovered that the collectible figurines “didn’t” violate Australia’s work well being and security legal guidelines, however they “thought-about the show of the collectible figurines to be a psychological hazard”.

It’s not outlined how precisely that was the case, or what collectible figurines had been particularly flagged, though the SMH has an amazing quote from final yr from a defender of the deputy Truthful Work Fee president:

“[When have] collectible figurines bought to children and adults at EB Video games been deemed inappropriate for show? Significantly as these had been displayed on a shelf in personal chambers not accessible to others with out the deputy president’s [Mr Boyce’s] permission,” Steve Knott, president of the Australian Mines and Metals Affiliation (AMMA) trade physique, advised the SMH.

For its half, Comcare has really helpful Truthful Work Fee employees evaluate “unacceptable conduct and sexual harassment insurance policies” in Australia. I hear the Truthful Work Ombudsman has plenty of good sources for that factor. Recommendations on what to do about anime and waifu figures within the workplace, nevertheless, was not listed on the Ombusdman’s web site on the time of writing.

This story initially appeared on Kotaku Australia.

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