Sadly during the last week Australia has reached the "bottom of the barrel" in terms of attacks on amatuer photographers. In the state of Queensland a Government school headmaster announced his biggest initiative (my take on it) for 2006 is that "all photography of children playing sports will be banned in the interests of preventing paedophile activities". What the hell taking pictures has to do with paedophillia is anyone's guess. Where the linkage between owning cameras an being a paedophile lies is also anyone's guess. He draws a ridiculously long bow that should offend genuine law abiding photographers world-wide. Like all things in life criminal activities are perpetrated by a small minority. The evils of paedophiles are obviously conducted in secret. No photo of a child is, per se, evil. It's the intent and use of images that becomes evil. This idiot's initiative was matched by security guards in the regional city of Geelong. The local amateur photographer club drove to the area of the Shell oil refinery to take industrial images only to be challenged by guards who insisted "no photographs are allowed to be taken of the refinery because you may be terrorists"! Wisely the club members told the guard in plain English (as Aussies can do so well) what they could do with that statement and returned the next evening to continue their creative activities. So, now here down under mindless fools concoct imbecilic ideas about protecting the world from wrong-doers. So, my point here is if these stories are similar to ones in your country and neighbourhood - stand up and revolt; attack those who would accuse you of evil because you use a camera; don't allow such stupidity to take a never-to-be undone foothold; fight back and don't be intimidated by them. If we sit back and grumble without taking real action, so much of our life events and day to day history will never be recorded for future generations. We should ensure that the gifts of Cartier-Bresson and so many others can live on.