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Tuesday, 1 October 1974
Page: 1496

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no dissent, leave is granted.

Senator MURPHY - Honourable senators know that regulation 4A of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations prohibits the importation of literature and articles that are blasphemous, indecent or obscene' or 'unduly emphasise matters of sex, horror, violence or crime or are likely to encourage depravity'. Senators also know the regulation provides that even though a book is prohibited under regulation 4A the Minister may approve any application to import such works provided a report has been received from the Chairman of the National Literature Board of Review or the DirectorGeneral of Health. The purpose of this provision is to permit the importation of copies of prohibited publications for special purposes such as recognised scientific, social or cultural work by qualified persons; original research or advanced study; or for use as reference material in the practice of professions such as medicine or law.

When regulation 4A was introduced in 1963 the then Minister undertook to report annually to the Senate in respect of books released in accordance with the above provisions. This report, the eleventh to be presented, covers the period 1 July 1973 to 30 June 1974. During this period a total of 4 publications were received. All of these were approved. Details of the applications approved are as follows:

Medical, Psychiatric and Sociological Works 1 to a State library 1 to a psychologist 1 to a medical practitioner

Fictional Works 1 to a university researcher.

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