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Family First welcomes Government commitment to enforcing film guidelines. \n

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MEDIA RELEASE SF/08. Thursday August 18, 2005


I welcome the Government’s commitment to enforcing new film classification laws which are being ignored by cinema operators.

Today, in Senate Question Time, I asked about media reports that cinemas are ignoring new film classification laws and that the chief censor has little interest in pursuing prosecution.

A weekend survey in Sydney by the Office of Film and Literature Classification revealed a total of 577 breaches, widespread use of old classifications such as MA rather than the updated MA 15+ and adult material being promoted during children’s films.

I am pleased that Justice Minister Chris Ellison responded to my question by saying the Government wanted the new film classification laws to be observed - and would ensure they were enforced.

The Minister said the Government was “deadly serious” about enforcing the new classification rules and did not intend “merely to pay lip service to it”.

It is the job of the Office of Film and Literature Classification to protect children by enforcing guidelines and ensuring operators who breach them are prosecuted.

I look forward to the chief censor enforcing the guidelines.

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