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Wednesday, 6 June 1984
Page: 2579

The Clerk-Petitions have been lodged for presentation as follows:

Regulations and Ordinances: Availability of Publications and Video Material

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens respectfully showeth: That Regulations and an Ordinance now before the Parliament amend the Customs ( Prohibited Imports) Regulations and the Customs (Cinematographic Films) Regulations and supersede the ACT Objectionable Publications Ordinance in such a manner as to be harmful to society by removing from existing Commonwealth law:

the power to prevent the importation and sale of hard-core pornography (e.g. X- rated videos) and publications which consistently incite the use of hard drugs;

the power to prevent the importation and sale of grossly obscene publications, including those associated with blasphemy;

the power to require imported videotapes/discs for non-commercial use to be registered by the Films Censorship Board.

Your petitioners humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled: should disallow the new Regulations and Ordinance and ensure

that the Attorney-General enforce existing laws;

that Censors more appropriately reflect responsible community attitudes;

that further measures be taken in association with the States to protect Australians, particularly women and children, from exploitation; and

that, because of the importance of this issue to society, a conscience vote be permitted to all Members of Parliament

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.