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Monday, 21 April 1980
Page: 1586

Senator RYAN (ACT) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Acting AttorneyGeneral. Has the film Death of a Princess been received by the Commonwealth Film Censorship Board for classification for screening in Australia? Does the Government intend to prevent the Film Censorship Board from classifying this film according to the same criteria as are applied to all imported film material? In respect of the film Death of a Princess, does the Government intend to circumvent the Commonwealth Film Censorship Board and replace the established criteria, which are current community standards, by the criterion of trade advantage as determined by the Deputy Prime Minister?

Senator CARRICK - I am not aware whether the film has been received. My understanding is that the Government is not proposing to take any action in this matter. The statement by my colleague, the Minister for Trade and Resources, was an expression of his personal view, he having been recently in the country concerned. I think his view was one of a generalised and sensitive kind and not, as Senator Ryan says, directed simply by instincts of trade. I cannot give any further information. I will seek information as to the present whereabouts of the film, and if information comes to hand I will let Senator Ryan know.

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