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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 140

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully shows that:

* Because video cassettes are a particularly powerful media form now easily accessible to the general public for private home viewing, and

* Believing that the likelihood of minors obtaining or otherwise viewing obscene and pornographic video cassettes is very high even with careful parental oversight,

We the undersigned protest at the removal of previously existing censorship bans, and in particular request the Government to abandon its 1983 decision to alter the A.C.T. Classification of Publications Ordinance forthwith, which now allows into the community such pictorial material as ``relished descriptions of violence'' and ``publications which mildly advocate the use of soft drugs such as marijuana'' (Category 1), and ``sado-masochism'', ``extreme fetishism'' (e.g. necrophilia), ``anal intercourse with consent'' (Category 2), and other such depraved and repugnant activities; and non-pictorial material referred to as ``hardcore'' paperbacks containing ``relished child pornography, e.g. incest, and school teacher/student'', and ``extreme sexual torture'' (both Category 2),

* In the conviction that the ready availability and increasing public consumption of same will be a blight on our society, stimulating individual dissoluteness and leading to unlawful behaviour with innocent persons.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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