Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 3 April 2008) . . Page.. 918 ..
improve the functioning of the national classification scheme. Chiefly, the amendments ensure that the scheme adequately keeps abreast of technological changes in the industry, including the ability for manufacturers to place more material on individual DVDs.
When compilations of classified films are put together onto one DVD or additional material such as extra scenes, outtakes or interviews are added to the DVD after it has been classified, the previous provisions of the act made it necessary to reclassify the compilation as a new film. The amendments to the commonwealth act mean that the administrative burden of reclassifying material that has already been classified will be reduced.
The bill puts in place amendments that flow from the administrative changes I have just mentioned, and amendments that ensure that the types of modification permitted to classified material, production of compilations or inclusion of additional related material will not result in enforcement action.
The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Assessment and Advertising) Bill 2008 is currently before the commonwealth parliament. That bill contains provisions that will enable unclassified films and computer games to be advertised prior to classification in accordance with specified conditions. Currently, products are only available for classification very close to their release date because of concerns about piracy. At the same time, the prohibition of unclassified advertisements for the products restricts the ability of industry to market them effectively. The amendments will require a new advertising scheme message to be displayed with the product, directing consumers to check the classification. I will be involved in the development of the advertising scheme, as a member of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General—Censorship, along with other state and territory censorship ministers.
This bill puts in place amendments that ensure that the advertisements for unclassified material under the new scheme will not result in enforcement action and that breaches of the new advertising scheme can be enforced. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mrs Burke) adjourned to the next sitting.
Ordered that executive business be called on.
Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2007 (No 2)
Bill as a whole.
Debate resumed from 1 April 2008.
DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (10.39): I am halfway through my speech, so I will recap a little of what I said and then conclude the speech. Members will be aware that I am