After nearly 40 years of prohibition, the first Motion to legalise X rated films in an Australian state was tabled in the Victorian Parliament this morning by Fiona. Getting to introduce this motion was not easy and although it has been five months since she entered the parliament, independent cross-benchers only get two bites of the cherry each year to do this.
Her motion was recorded in Hansard as this:
MS PATTEN – To Move
That this House
(1) acknowledge that the National Classification Code defines X 18+ as a legal classification of film that “contains real depictions of actual sexual activity between consenting adults” in which there is no sexual violence or otherwise;
(2) acknowledge that, in Victoria, the sale and exhibition of X 18+ films is prohibited, but the ownership and purchase of such films is legal;
(3) note that this structure is not only illogical, but has enabled the availability of pirated and refused classification films that may feature sexual violence;
(4) change the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 to allow the sale and exhibition of X 18+ films, and bring the Act into line with the Federal Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, and the Australian Law Reform Commission’s 2012 recommendations;
(5) note that this change will allow for tighter regulations of X 18+ films in Victoria, so that adult material is sold only to adults from age restricted areas, ensuring that sexually violent material is not available, and helping to combat piracy.
This is a milestone event for the adults-only industry’s national association which successfully defended a national ban on the X rating in 1996 and has relentlessly pursued legalisation since then – even to the extent of forming a political party and winning public office to do it!
It is a measure of the foresight and intelligence of Eros members that they have supported the use of political campaigning to change bad laws and to make a legitimate profit from their industry.
Stay tuned to future e news bulletins for updates on the passage of Fiona’s motion.