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Thursday, 28 October 1993
Page: 2773


Senator NEWMAN (4.03 p.m.) —I do not wish to delay the Senate, but I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Senator Reynolds and the Senate Select Committee on Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies for what I see as a long haul that it has undertaken, so far quite nobly. It gives some hope to families who are struggling to raise children in this society who feel threatened on all sides by violence and pornography. Parents feel that it is very difficult these days, with the information explosion and new technologies, to protect their children as they would have been able to in the past. Wherever we go in this country, parents particularly, as well as others, talk of this problem and wonder how they as small people can make a difference.

  I think this committee which Senator Reynolds chairs—once again, it put out a unanimous report—is making a difference. Its first reference related to the 0055 sex lines. I am very glad that it achieved something meaningful in that area. I have been very concerned about that and have brought many thousands of petitions to this place over that issue. I am glad that it has gone on and continued to look at ways in which this Parliament can help those parents protect their children until they reach maturity. I commend it for its work.