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Wednesday, 17 October 1984
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Senator REID(12.39) —Notice of motion No. 113 deals principally with the call for a moratorium on the sale, hire and distribution of X-rated material in the Australian Capital Territory and across Australia pending the outcome, it says in the motion, of a joint select committee of inquiry into pornographic videos. In fact I will seek leave to amend that to be the senate select committee of inquiry and then the joint-


Senator Peter Baume —Parliamentary inquiry.


Senator REID —I will amend that to be a parliamentary inquiry. The motion also sets out some of the reasons for a moratorium. That is, it asks the Senate to recognise that the New South Wales Government is to ban X-rated videos which makes the Australian Capital Territory somewhat of an island. It also asks the Senate to recognise the concern in the community, especially in the Territory, about the implications of the influx and importation of this material. It seems to me that, if there is to be a committee to look into these important matters, there should be a moratorium during the time that the Committee is operating and reporting. Who knows what the outcome and recommendations of the Senate Select Committee on Video Censorship will be? But I think the issues that relate to the call for a moratorium have been adequately expressed and put in the debate that has gone on during this year. It rather speaks for itself. At this time it would be more appropriate to try to complete the matter than to debate it at length. I seek leave to amend notice of motion No. 113.

Leave granted.


Senator REID —I move:

That the Senate-

(a) recognises the concern in the community in the Australian Capital Territory , New South Wales and other parts of Australia about the influx and importation of 'X'-rated videos for sale, hire, reproduction and distribution;

(b) notes that the New South Wales Government is to ban the sale, hire, reproduction and private distribution of all 'X'-rated videos in that State; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to place a moratorium on the importation, sale, hire, reproduction and private distribution in the Australian Capital Territory and across Australia of all 'X'-rated and other sexually sadistic and violent videos pending the outcome of the proposed Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into pornographic videos.