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Wednesday, 28 April 1965

Senator ANDERSON - The book " Lady Chatterley's Lover " was banned many years ago by the then Minsiter for Customs and Excise, in the light of the evidence that he had before him. lt is not my policy at this point of time to make any specific statement as to what recommendations were placed before the Minister by the members of the Literature Censorship Board. I point out that a Minister is not bound to accept a recommendation of the Literature Censorship Board. The Board is there to give him advice and in the ultimate the Minister has to accept the responsibility of making a judgment. The book to which the honorable senator referred was banned many years ago and I am therefore not in a position to make any further comment on it. But I want to repeat that, in the final analysis, in our parliamentary processes and according to the system under which we operate, the Minister has to make the executive decision. He has that authority. In addition to the Literature Censorship Board, there is an appeal board to which people have access in relation to any decision the Minister may make under regulation 4a. Beyond that, any person, publisher or organisation who is not satisfied with a decision has access to the courts.

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