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Thursday, 4 April 1946

Mr FRANCIS (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs been drawn to a report in this week's Smith's Weekly that certain local publishers have obtained syndication rights, and have told booksellers and agents that they will be marketing, American sex and crime magazines of a type similar to those banned by Mr. La Guardia when Mayor of New York? If so, will the Minister inform the House whether the restrictions upon the importation of publications of this character, which were said to have been imposed during the war,' have been lifted? Will he also take immediate steps to have the report investigated with a view to preventing the printing and circulation of degrading magazines and pictures which are likely to encourage crime and gangster methods in Australia ?

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