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Tuesday, 26 March 1968

Mr GORTON (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - The question deals with a film which I have not, myself, seen but of which I have seen reports which seem to indicate that this film does glorify killing sprees - I think those were the words used - by two individuals in the southern States of America some considerable time ago. It appears that the film does completely change what was essentially a small time hoodlum activity into something to which glamour is attached. I do not know whether that would lead to an increase in juvenile crime. I suppose that would have to be a matter of opinion for those closely cognisant of such things. But I think it must be unsavoury - the honourable member would perhaps agree with the use of that word - that this should be done. On the other hand, I am not sure whether it is suggested that censorship should be applied. There is a film board which looks at these things before they come into Australia. But if I am asked simply to say whether I think this is an unsavoury development and one which most people would find repugnant, then I would agree with the honourable member.

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