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Wednesday, 9 May 1984
Page: 1858


Senator DURACK —by leave-I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

1. That the following Regulations and Ordinance be referred to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances:

(a) Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations (Amendment) as contained in Statutory Rules 1983 No. 331 and made under the Customs Act 1901;

(b) Customs (Cinematograph Films) Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory Rules 1983 No. 332 and made under the Customs Act 1901;

(c) Classification of Publications Ordinance 1983, as contained in Australian Capital Territory Ordinance No. 59 of 1983 and made under the Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910; and

(d) Classification of Publications Regulations, as contained in Australian Capital Territory Regulations 1984 No. 2 and made under the Classification of Publications Ordinance 1983.

2. That the Committee examine whether the aforementioned Regulations and Ordinance, individually or severally:

(a) restrict unduly the Commonwealth's existing powers to prevent the importation of publications, including videotapes-

(i) promoting or encouraging violence,

(ii) promoting or encouraging the use of hard drugs, and

(iii) depicting hard core pornography, sexual violence or other gross obscenities;

(b) restrict unduly the Commonwealth's existing power to require videos not imported for public exhibition to be registered by the Film Censorship Board before release by Customs; and

(c) restrict unduly the power of the Commonwealth to protect children from exposure to publications in (a) (i), (ii) and (iii).

3. That the Committee advise the Senate whether, in light of this examination, the Regulations or Ordinance contain matter more appropriate for Parliamentary enactment or revised delegated legislation.

4. That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, for the purpose of the inquiry, the membership of the Committee be increased to nine members.

5. That one of the two additional members be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Democrats and the other be nominated by the independent senator.

6. That the Committee report to the Senate on or before 29 May 1984.