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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 3 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 917..


Thursday, 3 April 2008

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2008

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.33): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

It is with pleasure that I present the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2008. This bill makes a number of amendments to the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Act 1995 that are complementary to amendments already made or currently being made to the commonwealth Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995.

The scheme for classification of publications, films and computer games is a cooperative one, underpinned by the commonwealth act and the states' and territories' classification enforcement legislation. The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Act 1995 provides for the implementation in the ACT of the classification of material in accordance with the national classification code and the guidelines made under the commonwealth act. In particular, it provides restrictions and conditions on the sale and possession of films, computer games and certain publications, the way in which material may be advertised and exemptions of material and organisations from the classification regime.

The commonwealth act establishes the Classification Board, which is responsible for deciding the classification of the material, and the Classification Review Board. The act also sets out the types of classifications; procedures for the classification of publications, films and computer games; requirements for approval for advertisements for materials, including advertisements for unclassified films; and review of classification decisions.

The commonwealth act has now been amended to give effect to the decision to integrate the Office of Film and Literature Classification with the Australian government Attorney-General's Department. It has also been amended to


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