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Tuesday, 2 May 1989
Page: 1564

Senator WALTERS —My question is directed to the Minister for Justice. In a media interview broadcast on The World Today on 8 November, the Prime Minister stated that Caucus had voted to establish a working committee to look at the supposed confusion that exists between X- and R-rated video material. Senator Tate informed the Senate on 15 December during his speech opposing my Bill to abolish X-rated videos and downgrade violence in video material, that this committee had been established. Can the Minister inform the Senate who the members of this committee are; what are the terms of reference of the committee; and whether the committee has yet met? If it has met, how many times has it done so and when will its deliberations be finalised?

Senator TATE —These are matters for the parliamentary Labor Party and its Caucus committee system. I will endeavour to find out what I can. As I say, it may be that these are matters for our internal workings rather than for elaboration to the Senate.

Senator WALTERS —Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. Is it really necessary to have a secret committee supposedly meeting, supposedly comprising members of the Labor Party who are supposedly looking at some sort of vague terms of reference? Is it possible for the Australian people to have some information about the reason the Minister gave in the Senate for not supporting my Bill?

Senator TATE —I have nothing further to add.