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Wednesday, 14 February 1990


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the Chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.

Statement by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: I wish to make a statement regarding the use of the lounge room adjacent to the opposition benches. On 27 June 1989, I made a statement regarding the use of that room by advisers to the opposition parties. Concern has been raised by the Leader of the Opposition regarding the use of the small meeting room adjacent to and behind the opposition benches.

A misunderstanding has occurred in that the Leader of the Opposition believed that this area was restricted solely to use by opposition members. This is not the case. The lounge area is available for use by all members, Government and opposition. However, it was allocated to opposition support staff during the passage of Bills through the chamber. An area adjacent to the chamber behind the Speaker's chair on the Government side has also been allocated for a similar purpose for ministerial advisers during the reading of a Bill.

In fairness to all members, I request that no one person take over the lounge area for periods of long duration such as the writing of speeches or making lengthy or confidential phone calls, as this tends to prohibit its use by all other members entitled to do so.


MR STEVENSON (10.32): I present the Publications Control (Amendment) Bill 1990. I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Canberra is tagged the porn capital of Australia. The Publications Control (Amendment) Bill 1990, which is tabled in my name will bring the ACT in line with the Australian states that have all banned the sale, hire and distribution of X-rated videos. It will remove the sole responsibility and shame that we bear in the ACT.

Because the Federal Labor Government has failed to act upon the call made in 1988 by all Attorneys-General to ban X-rated videos, tens of millions of dollars are made annually

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