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Thursday, 7 November 1946

Dr EVATT - It is true that members of the Cabinet saw the film Indonesia Calling, because it was necessary to decide whether the exportation of the film should be prohibited. This film was not produced by any government authority, but by a private organization, namely, the waterfront unions.

Mr Archie Cameron - It had the hammer and sickle on it.

Dr EVATT - No, I do not think that it actually had the hammer and sickle on it. The question was not whether the Government approved of the film, or whetherit contained anything objectionable, or to which objection could reasonably be taken. The question was whether censorship should be imposed at the point of production-, when censorship could be exercised by governments or authorities in the countries to which the film might be sent. The Government decided that it would be an abuse of power to invoke the censorship in order to prevent the export of the film, and that was my view, also. There is a good deal of propaganda on the one side and on the other regarding such matters, and I desire to make it clear that the question was not whether the film should be shown in any particular country, such as New Zealand or the United States of America, but whether its export should be prohibited by the exercise of the power of censorship in Australia. The Government decided against the use of its powers of censorship, and I submit that the decision was right.

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