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Struggle Street fined for Brisbane filming

AAP logoAAP 8/10/2016

The producers of controversial SBS documentary series Struggle Street have been fined for filming on council land without a permit in Brisbane's west.

Brisbane City Council issued the $609 penalty after two crew members were caught shooting on a footpath at Skylark Street, Inala, on Friday afternoon, following a complaint.

Lord mayor Graham Quirk said social and economic disadvantage were important issues, but "after seeing series one of Struggle Street, I do not believe this is an informed or balanced assessment of social and economic disadvantage".

"Inala ... is overwhelmingly populated by hard-working and proud members of our community. They deserve better than to be unfairly tarred with the stigma of dysfunction, poverty and drug abuse," he said in a statement.

The first series of the documentary shone a spotlight on the Sydney suburb of Mt Druitt, but was panned by some critics as "poverty porn" for making light of the circumstances its subjects were battling.

Mr Quirk stepped up his campaign against the series in September by calling on residents to report any filming that took place.

SBS has described the opposition to Struggle Street as disappointing and has insisted the documentary's representation of people and communities would be fair.

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