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Thursday, 17 March 1966

Mr Hayden n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice -

Will the Minister arrange for a review of the ban applied by the Department of Customs and Excise against the sex education text book "An ABZ of Love " by Inge and Sten Hegeler for the purpose of allowing the release of this book for Australian i leaders?

Mr Howson - The Minister for Customs and Excise has furnished the following answer to the honorable member's question -

The book "An ABZ of Love" was deemed a prohibited import in terms of regulation 4a of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations during the latter half of 1963. The decision to prohibit it was taken on the recommendation of the Director-General of Health to whom books of this kind are referred for advice.

Ministerial approval to import this work for use as a text book under the special release provisions of regulation 4a is available to members of the medical and legal professions, ministers of religion and other suitably qualified persons in the fields of marriage guidance and sociology. Since 1963, several such applications have been approved.

It is net yet three years since this book first came under notice. Due to this relatively short period of time and the fact that it can be made available to suitably qualified persons in the field of sex education, it is not proposed to re-open the question of its general release with the DirectorGeneral of Health at this stage.

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