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Tuesday, 16 February 1999
Page: 2922


Mrs DRAPER (10:59 PM) —Recently I had occasion to speak out publicly against the prospect of a film being released in Australia although not yet classified by the Office of Film and Literature Classification, a film entitled Lolita , based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. This in turn created something of a frenzy on the part of some people in the media. In particular, Mr Phillip Adams, in his Weekend Australian article, without actually naming me or bothering to speak to me about this issue, poured vitriol on my efforts to take some steps to protect our children and even accused me of being xenophobic. I have written a response to Mr Adams, and with the House's indulgence, I will read from that.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Nehl) —Order! It being 11 p.m., the debate is interrupted.