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Northern Territory national Emergency Response: new laws banning pornography.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.ag.gov.au

7 September 2007 195/2007

NORTHERN TERRITORY N ATIONAL EMERGENCY RE SPONSE -

NEW LAWS BANNING POR NOGRAPHY

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced that new laws prohibiting the possession and supply of pornographic material in prescribed areas within the Northern Territory will come into effect from 14 September.

These laws aim to protect Aboriginal children and were introduced by the Australian Government as part of its Emergency Response to the situation in Northern Territory Indigenous communities.

“To support the introduction of the new laws, the Australian Government will feature print and radio advertisements in Northern Territory media with the aim of increasing awareness of the bans imposed on sexually explicit material,” Mr Ruddock said.

“We are providing clear and consistent information to communities directly affected by the bans and for people who visit those communities.”

“These bans help create a safer place for the children, a living environment where they are not exposed to sexually explicit material.”

The radio and print advertisements aimed at providing information to all Northern Territorians and in particular Indigenous communities will be featured from today in a selection of Northern Territory media.

A 24-hour information line has been established, 1800 333 995, to provide advice on how the bans will affect individuals and communities.

Information is also available through the Australian Government’s NTER website www.facsia.gov.au/nter/ including a list of the prescribed areas affected by the bans.

Media Contact: Sarah Stock 0419 278 715