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Correspondence regarding censorship anticipated... [Apr. 15th, 2008|08:36 am]
Bob Bain
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With reference to my posting a few days ago regarding an email from the State Attorney General yesterday I received a follow up email from the Office of the State Attorney General which reads...

Dear Mr Bain,

Thank you for your email forwarded from the Premier's Office to the
Hon John Hatzistergos MLC, Attorney General and Minister for Justice.

Unfortunately, our office policy is that a post office box or street
address is required for a direct response.

It would be appreciated if you could provide these details in order
that your correspondence can be answered.

Office of the Hon John Hatzistergos MLC
Attorney General and Minister for Justice

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Dear Minister,

I thank you for your response.

The address for correspondence is:

(edited out for privacy reasons)

There are many issues relating to X18+ films and these include not
only the legality of their availability but also the nature of the
content. At the present time the guidelines for X18+ films are out of
step with the nations that produce such films and I would suggest that
close to 100% of "adult films" currently on sale in Sydney (many
seemingly bearing a false classification") are imported from nations
in Europe and the United States of America.

It isn't clear if the subject line indicates a change of heart by the
Government of New South Wales as this is an issue that has been raised
in the Parliament by the Hon Peter Breen MLC (as I am sure the
Minister is aware).

I do not approve of the sale of prohibited items, but they appear to
be well within "community standards" given the lack of protests as to
their availability in suburban retail districts. There are known to
be six adult outlets in the electorate of Lindsay (Penrith and St.
Mary's) that appear to sell what would be "X" rated films (if they
were classified) but there also many that have never been classified
but are stocked bearing what appears to be a false "X rated"
classification label.

The original intent of the X rating was to legalise material that
could not be shown in cinemas and intended for private viewing and
didn't rule out consenting BDSM material which some people regard
(erroneously) as "violent" and which is stocked (and appears to be
sold) in retail outlets of the Eros Association who lobby against such
material.

I assume the response is to a modified version of an email generated
by the Eros Association. I am in no way associated with the Eros
Association, but am interested in, and discuss matters of censorship
which includes not only Internet censorship but also the legalisation
of material that is legal in other countries such as France and other
countries of the European Union and which cannot be classified as
pornography.

I will read the Minister's response with interest. I believe that
before any steps are made towards legalisation (if that is the intent)
a thorough review of the censorship system in Australia is long
overdue.

I thank the Minister for his attention.

Robert (Bob) Bain



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