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Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment (Censorship) Bill 2018


Type
Private
Originating house
Senate
Status
Before Senate
Sponsor
LEYONHJELM, Sen David

Summary

Amends the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to remove the ban on publications, films and computer games that offend against standards of morality, decency and propriety; and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: remove bans on broadcasting, datacasting and online content, with a specific focus on bans affecting services provided behind paywalls; narrow the guidance provided by government to broadcasting industries and datacasting licensees in the development of codes of practice; remove certain restrictions on subscription television broadcasters and online content services relating to programs or content that has been or would be classified as X 18+, ‘category 1 restricted’ or ‘category 2 restricted’; and remove a ban on broadcasting electoral advertising relating to a federal, state, territory or local election on election day or on the preceding Thursday or Friday.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

Senate
Introduced and read a first time 27/06/18  
Second reading moved 27/06/18  
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest



Notes
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (14/08/2018): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 7 of 2018
  • Referred to Committee (16/08/2018): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Report due 08/03/2019