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 Report 24

Review of Customs and Excise Decisions: Stage 4: Censorship, 1985

Summary of the report

The report was transmitted to the Government on 5 September 1985, and was tabled in the Parliament on 11 May 1986.

The report contains five recommendations. The major recommendations were:

  • that decisions of the Film and Censorship Board, currently subject to review by the Cinematograph Films Board of Review, should continue to be subject to review by that Board, and
  • that decisions taken by the Attorney-General under regulation 40(2) of the Customs (Cinematograph Films) Regulations, and under regulation 4A(2) of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations, should be subject to review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, subject to a power in the Attorney-General to issue a certificate which would have the effect of excluding review in particular cases.

Response to the report

In February 1990 the Customs (Cinematograph Films) Regulations and the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations were amended to give effect to Council's recommendations.