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Senator David Leyonhjelm introduces three bills around censorship, stopping games being banned

Senator David Leyonhjelm introduces three bills around censorship, stopping games being banned

Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm has introduced three bills which he hopes will dramatically improve free speech and prevent the banning of games and filmed media on the basis “that they might offend against standards of morality, decency and propriety.”

The three bills, Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment (Security) Bill 2018, Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment (Censorship) Bill 2018 and Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment (Insult and Offend) Bill 2018 would seen an amendment to the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, removing the ban on publications, films and computer games that offend against standards of morality, decency and propriety; and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to: remove bans on broadcasting, datacasting and online content.

Speaking to Medium, Senator Leyonhjelm said, “Freedom of speech is fundamental to our democratic society and this freedom is precious. It is our right, not something conferred on us at the whim of government.”

Adding, “Feeling insulted or offended is a subjective feeling that can vary enormously between individuals and for which nobody else is responsible.”

The Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment (Censorship) Bill 2018 carries the main focus for video games, surrounding the freedom to receive communications. The bill seeks to removes bans on publications, films and computer games that offend against standards of morality, decency and propriety but notes that their would be no change to the ban on publications, films and computer games that promote, incite or instruct in crime, or that portray children engaged in sexual activity.

 

The bills are currently before the senate.

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