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Notice given 11 March 2008

*1  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison) and Senator Ronaldson: To move—That—

(1) The following matter be referred to the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee for inquiry and report by 23 June 2008:

The sexualisation of children in the contemporary media environment, including radio and television, children’s magazines, other print and advertising material and the Internet.

(2) In undertaking the inquiry, the committee, in particular:

(a) examine the sources and beneficiaries of premature sexualisation of children in the media;

(b) review the evidence on the short- and long-term effects of viewing or buying sexualising and objectifying images and products and their influence on cognitive functioning, physical and mental health, sexuality, attitudes and beliefs; and

(c) examine strategies to prevent and/or reduce the sexualisation of children in the media and the effectiveness of different approaches in ameliorating its effects, including the role of school-based sexuality and reproductive health education and change in media and advertising regulation such as the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice and the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice.

*2  Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law (Senator Sherry): To move—That the exposure drafts of the Wheat Export Marketing Bill 2008 and the Wheat Export Marketing (Repeal and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008 be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee for inquiry and report by 11 April 2008.