Kay Hallahan

Kay Hallahan

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    Call for nation hotline on media violence

    19/11/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    The Western Australian Government has called for a national hotline to be established for Australians concerned about violent or offensive publications, films, television programs and videos.
     
    Arts Minister Kay Hallahan - who is responsible for censorship - said there was clear community concern about screen violence and degrading images in books and magazines.
     
    Speaking after a series of community censorship forums in Western Australia, Mrs Hallahan said a national hotline would provide a single reference point for the community to express views about violent or offensive images.
     
    "There are currently too many authorities involved in the regulation of films, videos, television programs and publications - creating public confusion about where to direct complaints," she said.
     
    "A single, national hotline would allow the Federal Government to receive a broader range of complaints so it can more accurately assess public sentiment."
     
    Mrs Hallahan said she would write to the Prime Minister to propose a national hotline.
     
    An estimated 200 Western Australians voiced their concerns about violent and offensive images at a series of forums held this week by the State Government.