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New appointments to the Classification Review Board.

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Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 • Telephone (02) 6277 7300 • Fax (02) 6273 4102

6 May 2005 074 /2005


Attorney -General Philip Ruddock today announced the appointments of Gillian Groom and Anthony Hetrih, and the re -appointment of Kathryn Smith, as members of the Classification Review Board.

The Classification Review Board is responsible for reviewing, upon application, Classification Board decisions regarding films, publications and computer games on behalf of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

The Review Board is comprised of individuals so that, as a whole, it is broadly representative of the Australian community. Review Board members, as statutory appointees, endeavour to make decisions, applying the classification tools, which reflect as objectively as possible what they consider to be the standards of reasonable adults in the community, rather than the personal standards of members.

The appointments are effective immediately and will conclude in April 2008.

Mrs Groom is a Consultant Occupational Therapist and University Tutor from Tasmania. She is the mother of six adult children. She has been involved in many professional associations, the arts, sporting and charity organisations.

Mr Hetrih, the father of a young child, is from Victoria. He is a writer specialising in technology and computer games. He has a background in marketing and communications, and has a demonstrated and long -standing professional interest in the effects of computer games on children. He is currently researching for a guidebook for parents o n the subject of

computer games.

Mrs Smith is a mother of three from New South Wales. She has lived in Tasmania for most of her life, but currently lives in Sydney. She has worked as a social worker, TAFE teacher and Employee Assistance Counsellor. Mrs Smith is currently at home caring for her family and studying part-time. This is Mrs Smith’s second term on the Classification Review Board, having been a member since June 2001.

“I am pleased that Mrs Groom, Mr Hetrih and Mrs Smith have agreed to provide their valuable skills and experience to assist the important work of the Classification Review Board,” Mr Ruddock said.

The Classification Review Board is a part -time Board that meets in Sydney at the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

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