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Shack calls for action on TV violence



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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

PETER S H A C K , M .P. FEDERAL MEMBER FOR TANGNEY SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING AND YOUTH AFFAIRS

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY C. I. s.

P.O. BOX 1206. BOORAGOON, W .A. 6154 SUITES, GATEWAY MELVILLE CITY CENTRE BOORAGOON TEL. (09) 364 5554

E D I A R E L E A S E,

23RD MARCH, 1988. T23/88,

SHACK CALLS FOR ACTION ON TV VIOLENCE.

Concerns about the effects of television violence on standards and codes of behaviour are being expressed by many Tangney residents, according to their Federal M.P., Peter Shack.

"This is something which has also been highlighted in a recent report by the Child Health Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council," Mr Shack said.

"The Committee's report urges parents to supervise their children's television viewing so that its negative aspects are avoided and its positive attributes are emphasised.

"In addition, the Committee stresses the need for the community to play an active role in influencing the program content of the television industry.

"Writing to television stations in opposition, or support, of particular programs is an important means of making

broadcasters aware of community interests and concerns.

"Drawing such matters to the attention of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal is another avenue which is worth pursuing.

" The rising tide of violent crimes in the Australian community has sadly reached a point where many people, particularly the elderly, live in fear even in the confines of their own homes," Mr Shack said.

"While it is difficult to establish positive links between acts of violence and the depiction of such events, there are nevertheless some grounds for believing that exposure to film and television violence can produce a tendency to more aggressive behaviour.

" This is an important issue which involves the whole community, and I hope that Tangney residents will take advantage of every opportunity open to them to try and persuade our TV stations to reduce amount of crime and violence which they broadcast into our homes every day.

"Copies of the Child Health Committee's report Television and the Family which contains important information are freely available from my office in the Gateway Building, Booragoon where the phone no. is 364 5554.

"I call upon the Tangney community to join me in a concerted approach to try and clean up the television industry for the sake of our children and the community as a whole."

Further information: Delys Newman (364 5554).