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Monday, 8 October 1984
Page: 1798

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

Regulations and an Ordinance now before the Parliament amend the Customs ( Prohibited Imports) Regulations and the Customs (Cinematographic Films) Regulations and supersede the A.C.T. Objectionable Publications Ordinance in such a manner as to be harmful to society by removing from existing Commonwealth law:

The power to prevent the importation and sale of hard-core pornography (e.g. X- rated videos) and publications which consistently incite the use of hard drugs;

The power to prevent the importation and sale of grossly obscene publications, including those associated with blasphemy;

The power to require imported video tapes/discos for non-commercial use to be registered by the Films Censorship Board.

Your petitioners humbly pray that the House of Representatives, in Parliament assembled, should disallow the new Regulations and Ordinance and ensure:

that the Attorney-General enforce existing laws;

that censors more appropriately reflect responsible community attitudes;

that further measures be taken in association with the States to protect Australians, particularly women and children, from exploitation; and

that, because of the importance of this issue to society, a conscience vote be permitted to all Members of Parliament.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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