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Monday, 8 October 1984
Page: 1800

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 showeth:

That because television and radio

(a) affect our social and moral environment,

(b) are family media watched and heard by many children by many children at all times, and

(c) present too much explicit violence and sex,

they therefore need stronger control than other media and the existing standards need stricter enforcement in both national A.B.C. and commercial sectors.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Australian Government will amend the Broadcasting and Television Act, in relation to both national and commercial broadcasters, to legislate

(a) for adequate and comprehensive programs in the best interests of the general public,

(b) for a ''Dual System of Regulation'' enforced by the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal by internal regulation and external control,

(c) for an independent consumer body to represent the best interests of the general public, and

(d) for immediate and effective penalties to be imposed for breaches of program and advertising standards.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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