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Attorney's just in time policy on hate publications.



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SENATOR JOE LUDWIG SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Attorney's Just in Time Policy on Hate Publications

Labor welcomes the announcement today that the Attorney-General will seek further reforms to Australia's classification laws to better handle material that may encourage people to participate in terrorist acts.

But again we see policy on the run and "just in time", in the shadow of the forthcoming election.

The Shadow Attorney-General, Senator Ludwig, said this problem had been evident for at least 2 years and it had taken Mr Ruddock far too long to act.

Back in 2005 it was revealed in the Sydney Morning Herald that the Classification Board had given a DVD which called for Muslims to murder non-Islamic people a PG rating, under the logic that the movie - by Sheik Feiz - simply contained "religious themes".

"Back then the Attorney-General told the public he would act, however it has taken a further embarrassing story earlier this year - nearly 2 years later - for the AG to finally move," Senator Ludwig said.

"There is no point in blaming the States. Mr Ruddock could have written to them back in 2005, not in 2006 as eventually occurred.

"Now the Attorney seeks to gandstand and play the bully, having ignored the problem for far too long."

Canberra, June 19 2007

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