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Democrats agree to National Classifications Laws, but call for consistency.

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Senator Brian Greig 

Australian Democrats

Spokesperson for Law and Justice



Democrats Agree to National

Classifications Laws, but call for Consistency



The Australian Democrats today welcomed news from the WA Government that it would consider abandoning its State Censorship Board and leave the job to the Federal Office of Film and Literature Classifications, saying there is no justifiable reason for Australians to be subject to different classifications depending on what State they live in.


Democrats Law and Justice spokesperson, Senator Brian Greig, says the State Attorney General should be encouraged to join the rest of the country on the issue of a national classifications scheme.


"However, there are still huge flaws with the Federal system and the national regime is a dog's breakfast which needs reform and consistency," Senator Greig said.


"The Federal system covers films, videos, computer games and printed publications, but not all States and Territories comply with this and there are few, if any, national standards.   This means for example, that Penthouse Magazine has to produce eight different versions of its magazine every month to comply with State and Territory peculiarities.


"It is ridiculous to think that Western Australians are more prudish or more liberal than Victorians or South Australians or anyone else for that matter," Senator Greig said.


"On top of this, there is no classifications regime at all for television.   It relies on a voluntary code of conduct and is exempt from the same classifications processes that all other media must go through."


Senator Greig says there is also a serious need to reform the regulations relating to X rated videos, as the political interference into what adults can view in the privacy of their own homes has completely corrupted the regime and infringed on the civil liberties of adults.


"X rated videos are legal for adults to buy in the ACT and the NT, but illegal for adults to buy in every other State," Senator Greig said.



Contacts:  Senator Brian Greig, 08) 9228 3133 or Di Graham on 0409 089 159