Review of the National Classification Scheme: achieving the right balance

Review of the National Classification Scheme: achieving the right balance

23 June 2011

© Commonwealth of Australia 2011
ISBN 978-1-74229-457-5

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MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE (PDF 9KB)
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (PDF 12KB)
 
ABBREVIATIONS (PDF 8KB)
 
RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 34KB)
 
CHAPTER 1 - Introduction (PDF 45KB)

Referral of the inquiry
Context of the inquiry
Other current inquiries
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Acknowledgement
Note on references

 
CHAPTER 2 - History of censorship and classification in Australia (PDF 39KB)

Historical background

 
CHAPTER 3 - National Classification Scheme (PDF 93KB)

National Classification Scheme
State and territory classification procedures

 
CHAPTER 4 - Serial classification declarations and display of Restricted publications (PDF 87KB)

Introduction
Serial classification declarations
Display of Restricted publications

 
CHAPTER 5 - Restricted films (PDF 94KB)

Introduction
Classification of Restricted films

 
CHAPTER 6 - Enforcement of the classification system and interaction of the National Classification Scheme with Customs regulations (PDF 101KB)

'Call-in' notices
Referrals to state/territory agencies and follow-up of referrals
Classification Liaison Scheme
Interaction between the National Classification Scheme and Customs regulations

 
CHAPTER 7 - Artworks, film festivals and 'advocating terrorism' (PDF 102KB)

Classification of artworks
Exemptions for film classification
'Advocating terrorism'

 
CHAPTER 8 - Convergence of media in a digital age (PDF 88KB)

Interaction between the National Classification Scheme and new media

 
CHAPTER 9 - Television, radio and recorded music (PDF 127KB)

Effectiveness of self-regulation
Complaints-based systems
Television
Recorded music

 
CHAPTER 10 - Self-regulation of the advertising industry (PDF 162KB)

Regulation of advertising
Effectiveness of self-regulation of outdoor advertising
Bringing billboards within the scope of the National Classification Scheme

 
CHAPTER 11 - Sexualisation of children and objectification of women in the media (PDF 96KB)

Previous Senate inquiry
Addressing sexualisation of children and objectification of women
Is enough being done to prevent the sexualisation of children and the objectification of women in all media?

 
CHAPTER 12 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 93KB)

Flaws in the National Classification Scheme
Reforming principles
Other reforms: application of the National Classification Scheme to artworks and an exemption for cultural institutions
Towards a truly national scheme
Platform neutrality: expanding the National Classification Scheme

 
DISSENTING REPORT BY GOVERNMENT SENATORS (PDF 7KB)
 
APPENDIX 1 - SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED (PDF 10KB)
 
APPENDIX 2 - WITNESSES WHO APPEARED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE (PDF 10KB)

Canberra, 25 March 2011
Sydney, 7 April 2011
Canberra, 27 April 2011

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794
Email: legcon.sen@aph.gov.au

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