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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1441

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully shows:

That we sincerely believe that the New Commonwealth Censorship procedures for publications and the A.C.T. Classification Ordinance 1983 Standards For Classification of Printed Materials, No. 1-February 1984 passed by the Senate last Wednesday, removing from existing Commonwealth law:

(a) The power to prevent the importation and sale of hardcore pornography (e.g. X-rated videos).

(b) the power to prevent the importation and sale of grossly obscene publications including those associated with blasphemy;

(c) the power to require videos for non-commercial use to be registered by the films censorship board before release from customs

Was a step in the wrong direction.

It is the view of the religious community on the north side of Brisbane, of which we are a part, that the new laws should be amended immediately to give protection to all Australians, particularly women and children from exploitation .

It is believed that those materials that come under category 2 classification should not be allowed to be made available to all, and the knowledge that this kind of material described under classification 2 is now lawful under the new regulations is nauseating.

We believe it is the duty of the government to protect society from those who would incite paedophilia, child pornography, terrorism and extreme cruelty. We believe this protection should be extended to cover items such as are currently listed under category 2.

We respectfully request that amending legislation be drafted accordingly.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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