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Terrorist Material Bill 2007 amends classification act so that material that “advocates the doing of a terrorist act” must be refused classification

Posted by gasweek on 9 October, 2007

Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck moved an amendment in the Senate on 20 September 2007 to alter existing legislation on classifications to restrict access to material “advocating terrorism”. The motion concerned the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Terrorist Material) Bill 2007.

No classification, so no worries? “The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Terrorist Material) Bill 2007 amends the classification act so that material that advocates the doing of a terrorist act must be refused classification.” Colbeck said. “Things could not be simpler and more welcome. Material that has been refused classification cannot be legally sold, exhibited or displayed in Australia”.

Uncertainty about current laws: “There is significant doubt and uncertainty about whether current classification laws adequately capture material that advocates the doing of a terrorist act. What is clear is that something needs to be, and must be, done with respect to such material”.

Reference: Richard Colbeck, Senator for Tasmania, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration, Senate, Commonwealth, 20 September 2007

Erisk Net, 7/10/2007

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