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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1370

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the certain citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That the the guidelines for classification of video tapes and discs for sale and hire issued by the Film Censorship Board places no realistic restrictions on the sale to adults of explicit hard-core pornography and, coupled with the widespread existence of video playing machines, little or no realistic family control can now be exercised over the likely viewing of explicit hard-core pornography by children and juveniles.

Noting that the Parliament refused to disallow regulations permitting these circumstances to occur your petitioners therefore pray that:

A Joint Parliamentary Select Committee be established with the following terms of reference:

(a) Examine the extent to which video tapes and discs containing pornographic and violent material are available;

(b) Examine the extent to which children under the age of 18 years obtain access and are exposed to such material;

(c) Investigate the effectiveness of legislative controls upon the dissemination of such material; and

(d) Examine the likely effects of exposure to such material upon children and emotionally disturbed persons.

And your petitioners, as is duty bound, will ever pray.

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