The Lawrence Government is to canvass community views on television and film violence and offensive publications.
Arts Minister Kay Hallahan today announced community forums would be held and submissions invited because of growing public concern.
The Minister said Western Australians would welcome Prime Minister Paul Keating's decision to place screen violence on the national political agenda.
Mrs Hallahan said she believed national censorship authorities were out of step with the wishes of Western Australians.
"There is no doubt that many Western Australians are concerned about the offensive and degrading images in many publications freely available to young children," she said.
"And there is widespread concern about excessive violence, including sexual violence, in films, television programs and videos rated for a young audience."
Mrs Hallahan said community feedback was essential for an effective censorship system.
Writer, broadcaster and film maker Anne Deveson had been invited to Western Australia to address four community forums and promote public debate on November 16 and 17.
Ms Deveson is chairperson of the National Working Party on the Portrayal of Women in the Media and chair of the Centre for Independent Journalism.
Locally, a forum would be held on Monday, November 16 at 7.30 pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus. Those wanting to attend were urged to 'phone 427 1244.