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Tuesday, 2 June 1970

Mr Barnard asked the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice:

(1)   What films have been banned for blasphemy since 1961.

(2)   What films have been cut for blasphemy since 1961, and how much was deleted from each film.

Mr Chipp (HOTHAM, VICTORIA) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Only one film has been prohibited because of blasphemous content since 1961. This was 'Viridiana which was imported in 1962.

For this film to have been registered ten segments would have had to be excised. Two of these were for blasphemy and the others for violence or indecency. The producer decided however not to go ahead with registration and the film was exported.

There have been many instances of course where dialogue taking the name of the Lord in vain has been removed from films, particularly those classified as suitable for television. Detailed statistics of such cuts are not maintained.

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