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Wednesday, 2 May 1984
Page: 1453

To the Honourable the President and senators of the Parliament of Australia in Parliament assembled:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia, undersigned, shows that we strongly oppose the amending of Customs Regulations to allow the importation of video tape, video disc, slide or any other recording from a visual image which can be produced, which portrays scenes of explicit sexual relations showing genitalia detail; acts of violence and sex; sexual perversion such as sodomy; mutilation; child pornography; coprophilia; bestiality, or the use and effect of illicit drug taking, and our opposition is emphatically given because such material:

Will be viewed by 20 per cent of all Australian children during their parents' absence, or at other homes.

Will introduce children during their formative years to sexuality in the context of violence and deviance.

Will become a powerful teaching medium which will establish violence as a behavioural norm for coming generations.

Will degrade women to an exploitable sexual commodity.

Will change the attitudes of men to their partners and all women.

Will give rise to a substantial increase in serious crime, crimes against the person, sexual offences, rape and incest.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that you will give this matter earnest consideration.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.