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Tuesday, 21 March 1972
Page: 699

Senator WHEELDON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise. Is it a fact that the Commonwealth Film Censor has banned for showing to persons other than members of the medical profession a film entitled 'Beyond Conception', which was to have been shown in Perth tonight by the Abortion Law Repeal Association? Will the Minister make a statement to the Senate as to the reasons for the Commonwealth Film Censor banning this film?

Senator COTTON - I know nothing about this matter and it would be quite impossible for me to make a statement this afternoon which might allow the film to be shown tonight. That is obvious. I will try to find out from the Minister what the position is. My own experience is that the banning of films by the Department of Customs and Excise is done with great care and with regard to the public interest.

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