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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3677 ..

APPENDIX 15: Incorporated in Hansard on 26 September 1996 at page 3494.




. I originally tabled guidelines for the classification of films and videotapes, publications and computer games in December 1995 along with the National Classification Code and the intergovernmental agreement concerning the new classification scheme.

. The film and videotape classification guidelines have since been revised according to the process set out in the intergovernmental agreement and it is these revised guidelines that are being tabled

. That process included consultation with members of the public, community groups and organisations, including contributors to research. The views of complainants, industry groups and other interested parties were also sought.

. The purpose of the classification guidelines is to provide assistance to the Classification Board in making classification decisions for films and videos.

. The revised guidelines are expressed in much clearer language than the previous version. Terms that have a specific meanings have been defined and it is hoped that the guidelines will be much more user friendly.

. I would like to point out one significant change in these
classification guidelines. That is in the area of the depiction of violence. The guidelines have tightened up on the depiction of violence at the top end of the "R" classification. Extreme material

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