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Thursday, 17 September 1987
Page: 235

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament of Australia assembled. We, the undersigned, being appalled that the Government has set no penalty for the possession of child pornography, and has set no penalty for importing unclassified child pornography, do ask that Parliament urgently legislate to:

make the importation of child pornography, and the possession of child pornography, and all tapes and goods banned by Customs, to be a criminal offence, with deterrent penalties, and

close the Customs barriers to pornography in the A.C.T., in respect of X rated videos (and ER) and END the shameful Canberra trade, and the Mafia Connections.

Because 98 per cent of Australians in other States have banned X rated videos.

Because the trade is still flourishing, and it's availability escalates sexual crime.

Because importers of child pornography face only a fine for lying.

Because child pornography pedlars are safe if they cross a border, and cannot be extradited for a summary offence.

Because anyone can have these tapes in their possession for private use.

Because the Government does not intervene in that.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that you will give this matter earnest consideration, and your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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