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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2518

Senator LITTLE (VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice:

In view of the Minister's answer to a previous question revealing that book bounty payment had been made to the printers of 'Intercourse', 'Ways of Loving', 'Call Girl' and "The Little Red Schoolbook', and also unsolicited information that a similar bounty was refused to the printers of Lesbian Capers', 'Jay Birds in Love', 'Week End Love' and 'Girls in Love', and as in the same answer the Minister stated 'Payment of bounty is in no way related to the merit of the book. Bounty has been paid on the production of every type of book, including cheap, badly-written detective stories and trashy romances; merit, literary or otherwise, is simply not relevant. The Book Bounty Act is not an instrument of censorship and moral attitudes are not taken into account in the consideration for bounty purposes of a book which satisfies all the criteria for bounty payment', will the Minister now disclose why were the bounties refused on the books he listed.

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) The Minister for Customs and Excise has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Bounty was refused on the publications referred to by the honourable senator because had they been imported editions they would have been declared prohibited imports and would therefore have fallen within the scope of Section 8 (1) of the Book Bounty Act. That Section provides that bounty is not payable in respect of a book if the printing or publishing of the book by a person or the sending by a person of the book through the post constitutes or would constitute an offence by the person against a law of the Commonwealth.

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