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Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Page: 2209

Senator HARRADINE (9.58 a.m.) —Because this is the second last day of sitting for the session, I will be extremely brief in speaking to the report of the Select Committee on Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies. I simply wish to support what has been said by the chair of the committee, Senator Reynolds, and make the point that the committee urges members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to examine this report and consider its implications.

  In particular, the committee has made recommendations for government action and we will be looking for a ready and early response by the government to the recommendations that we have made. Senator Reynolds mentioned the recommendation for the government to give a high priority to adopting a leading role at a bilateral and multilateral level in promoting international action to implement an acceptable code of conduct and practice standards to regulate the services referred to.

  We are urging the government to look at that. Frankly, we were a little disappointed, to say the least, at the attitude adopted by the department at one international meeting. In short, we will be looking to the government's response to this committee report. We are grateful that the government has responded favourably to our other recommendation relating to computer games, and we are looking for an urgent response by the government to our committee report. I seek leave to continue my remarks later, as I have no doubt that at some stage other members of the committee will want to comment on this report.

  Leave granted; debate adjourned.