Title QUESTION
LITERARY CENSORSHIP
Database Senate Hansard
Date 20-05-1965
Source SENATE
Parl No. 25
Party LP
Speaker ANDERSON, Kenneth
Stage LITERARY CENSORSHIP
System Id hansard80/hansards80/1965-05-20/0044


QUESTION - LITERARY CENSORSHIP


Senator ANDERSON - It is true that yesterday I made a statement in relation to two books. 1 announced the release of " Quest for Love " by David Holbrook and " The Trial of Lady Chatterley " by C. H. Rolph. Imported copies of these books may now be made available for general distribution. In March last I was asked to review the prohibition on the book " Quest for Love " and I agreed to do so. I was at that time re-examining the 1961 prohibition on the book " The Trial of Lady Chatterley ". It has now been decided to release both of these books. I might add that " Quest for Love " was referred to the Commonwealth Literature Censorship Board and that " The Trial of Lady Chatterley " had previously been referred to the Appeal Censorship Board.

Regarding the general question of literary censorship I do not think that any interpretation can be placed on the release of these books. From time to time it has been the practice to review books which over the years have been on the banned list. Indeed, during the term of office of my predecessor the Literature Censorship Board did quite a big job in reviewing some of the books that had been banned from as far back as the I920's. I think it is proper for me to say that fluctuations occur in community attitudes and that these must of necessity have an effect on general censorship policy. My predecessor illustrated this thinking when he introduced a system of reviews, the last of which was held in 1963. I intend to continue this practice and am at this moment considering the holding of such a review in the near future. The review will take some time to conduct because it will place heavy demands upon the Literature Censorship Board. I intend in the course of that review to refer to the Board a number of books which, in the light of the comments that I have already made, I think need to be reviewed.







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