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Alexander seeks stronger rules for objectionable v

Published: Fri 6 Dec 2002 10:12 AM
Alexander seeks stronger rules for objectionable videos
United Future New Zealand MP, Marc Alexander, is delighted his Member’s Bill strengthening the law concerning classification of films, video and publications has been drawn from the ballot and will be considered by Parliament early next year.
“The Films, Videos, and Publications Classification (Meaning of Objectionable) Amendment Bill is intended to restore the original intention of Parliament when it passed the law relating to the meaning of what is ‘objectionable’,” he said.
“The original Act gave examples of what might be considered objectionable, but in practice, the courts have been ruling that those examples, and those examples alone, can be seen as objectionable, meaning much material that does not exactly conform to the definition have been getting through.
“My Bill will widen the definition so that this further objectionable material will be caught, as Parliament originally intended. The Bill’s objective has the support of the Chief Censor, Bill Hastings,” said Mr Alexander.

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