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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2228

Senator LITTLE (VICTORIA) - Is the Minister representing the Postmaster-General aware that shops in Melbourne are displaying notices advising that the payment of $1.75 will ensure that 'The Little Red Schoolbook* will be delivered by post in spite of the court decision declaring that publication obscene? Does the Postmaster-General propose to take action under section 107 of the Post and Telegraph Act to prosecute those using the postal services to evade the law by sending through the post obscene books which are otherwise unsalable?

Senator GREENWOOD - I am sure that the Postmaster-General is aware of the general prohibition in the Post and Telegraph Act to which the honourable senator has referred. Whether he is aware, as the honourable senator has mentioned, that it is being advertising that commodities may be delivered through the post, I atn unable to say. I think the appropriate course is for me to refer the honourable senator's question to the Postmaster-General. I suggest that if the honourable senator wishes to pursue the matter further he might supply some prima facie indication on which of the publishers are prepared to utilise the post in this way.

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