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Thursday, 15 December 1983
Page: 3880

Senator CROWLEY —My question is to the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. Has the Minister seen the National Times coloured supplement promoting health and fitness which features a photo of a naked woman' s bottom on the cover, which cover could be described as an upmarket and expensive promotion of prurience? In the light of the guidelines to the media contained in the booklet 'Fair Exposure', launched by the Minister and Mr Macphee early last week, could the Minister comment on the unnecessary over- exposure of this cover and its blatant sexism in distracting readers from the serious and significant contents inside the supplement?

Senator RYAN —I did see the supplement on health and fitness. I think it is important that-

Senator Gareth Evans —Go on, show us.

Senator RYAN —Not all of my colleagues share Senator Crowley's assessment of the front cover, I have to say. There seems to be considerable enthusiasm for it on my right. I think it is important that these sorts of supplements are published. I think that they do assist in raising the health standards of the community. Generally speaking, I think it is a useful sort of publication. But I agree with Senator Crowley's view that the cover used part of a woman's body in a way that was unnecessary and not related to the subject of the publication. There are obviously a variety of views about the front page of the supplement. But clearly it is the sort of thing that gives offence to some people, at least, in our community. I will make sure that the National Times has received a copy of the media guidelines 'Fair Exposure'.