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Thursday, 23 March 1972
Page: 848

Senator KANE (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise. Is it a fact that a publication known as the 'Little Red School Book', the admitted aim of which is to promote the overthrow of the present system and to enlist and train the children in doing so, has been released by the Department of Customs and Excise? Is it a fact that the 'Little Red School Book' asa first step in preparing the child for enlistment in revolutionary activities sets out to undermine respect for every form of traditional and accepted authority - the authority of those who wield power in politics, industry and education; the authority of parents and teachers; the authority of the inherited Christian norms of western civilisation? Is it true that in a section on sex in which all restraint is abandoned and the crudest language used the child reader is told that pornography is a harmless pleasure? Is it a fact that the publication has been outlawed in both Britain and France? Is it also a fact that already one students' representative council in Australia plans to publish and distribute the booklet?

Senator COTTON - I am sure it will 'be appreciated that one could not take down all the points involved in that fairly broad question. I would share the apprehension of the honourable senator if the book is released and it is as harmful as he says it is. I shall have to ask the responsible Minister whether he can let me have information which will bear on the question.

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