|Arthur Chesterfield-Evans and Philip Argy (ACS) on Censorship and Regulation
||[Dec. 22nd, 2009|12:41 pm]
From: Hansard Legislative Council (NSW) 26th. October 2004
The Hon. Dr ARTHUR CHESTERFIELD-EVANS [5.07 p.m.]:
It is clear that we must regulate the sale of adult films in New South Wales. History has proved that complete prohibition fails, and that is obvious if one visits any adult shop in and around the city. Neither the Australian Democrats nor any decent person would accept that sexual violence, bestiality or sex with children is normal and that viewing images of such activity is appropriate entertainment. They are bad practices and should be treated as such. Those films do not meet the X-rated classification and are rated RC, or refused classification, which bans them and makes them illegal for sale and private possession in Australia. However, films which have been reviewed by the Office of Film and Literature Classification and which meet the X-rated classification should be available for purchase in restricted premises by consenting adults. To maintain the status quo and to fail to regulate the sale of adult films in New South Wales would only help the black marketeers who are selling material that is not accepted by the decent majority of society. In other words, banning non-violent erotica causes the law to be widely flouted. Because the law is not enforced, other far less savoury videos are treated in the same way.
Sales of the counterfeit movie and pornographic DVDs was worth $200 million a year in Australian alone, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft said.
note: RC material is NOT illegal to purchase view or possess in the State of New South Wales apart from provisions of the NSW Crimes Act which prohibit possession of items depicting children.
Philip Argy (Australian Computer Society) and ex chair of ACS ELSIC speaks regarding his discourse with Arthur Chesterfleld-Evans in the year(s) before regarding Censorship and Internet Regulation (ex YouTube)