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Friday, 4 May 1984
Page: 1565

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens respectfully showeth:

That Regulations and an Ordinance before the Parliament amend the Customs ( Prohibited Imports) Regulation and the Customs (Cinematograph and Films) Regulations and supersedes the ACT 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 videos for non-commercial use to be registered by the Films Censorship Board before release from Customs.

Your Petitioners humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should disallow the new Regulations and Ordinance and ensure:

That the Attorney-General enforce existing laws;

That the Censors more appropriately reflect reasonable and responsible community attitudes;

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

That, because of the importance of this issue to the whole community a conscience vote be permitted to all Members of Parliament.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.