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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1416


Senator LITTLE (VICTORIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise aware of the decision of a court in Victoria that the publication known as The Little Red School Book' is an obscene publication? In view of this decision does the Commonwealth propose to refer this publication to some responsible public authority to check its suitability for distribution among school children of the Australian Capital Territory and other Territories under Commonwealth jurisdiction? Can the Minister inform me when I can expect an answer to my question inquiring whether the Government intends to subsidise the printing of this obscene book?


Senator COTTON - I have not read the Press report referred to but I shall be glad to do so. The question asked by the honourable senator was referred to the responsible Minister but an answer has not yet been received. I shall seek that answer. I think that in the general statement that the Minister for Customs and Excise made about this matter he referred to the position of the Australian Capital Territory and other Territories under Commonwealth control. I would not like to go beyond that. 1 will analyse what the honourable senator seeks and try to get as much information for him as possible.







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