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Tuesday, 29 May 1984
Page: 2091

Senator HARRADINE(12.15 a.m.) —I move:

That Regulation 3 of the Customs (Cinematograph Films) Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory Rules 1983 No. 332 and made under the Customs Act 1901 , be disallowed.

I do not intend to speak at length to this motion. Because of the actions of Senator Mason, this matter has been reduced to an absolute farce. He moved for the disallowance of a motion and then immediately said that he would not support it. I was going to move for the disallowance in the first place. I remember talking to him and he said that he would move for the disallowance, thus taking away from the people who have given great consideration to this matter the power to control events in relation to the disallowance of the regulations. I regard this action by Senator Mason and the Australian Democrats as a charade. I believe that the people of Australia will see that it is a charade. When children are exposed to the type of material that will now be allowed to flood into this country, the people should understand that it has happened because of the combined vote of the Government and the Australian Democrats. Not one Government senator was allowed a conscience vote on this matter according to the statement of the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans). The people of Australia will have regard to that. I believe that at some stage more mature consideration will need to be given to these matters.

Question resolved in the negative.