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Government tables response to Senate Committee inquiry: Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet April 20, 2017

The Turnbull Government today tabled its response to a Senate References Committee on Environment and Communications report on Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet. The Committee’s report made four recommendations. Read the full media release Read the Committee’s report and the Government’s read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin April 18, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 18 April 2017 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin  on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Does Australia's classification system suit the needs of your family? Last chance to complete our short survey. April 17, 2017

This is your chance to tell us whether Australia's classification system for films and games suits your family's needs. Your opinion could help to make a real difference. Australia's present classification system for movies and games uses the classifications G, PG, M, MA15+ and R18+. All except R18+ are about read more »

Industry lobbies for removal of the quality children’s quotas on commercial TV April 11, 2017

According to The Australian newspaper of 10 April, the TV industry has told a House Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts inquiry into the factors contributing to the growth and sustainability of the Australian film and TV industry that it thinks the long standing requirements (1979) for quality quotas read more »

Australian researchers have contributed to a seven nation study of the impacts of media violence on youth April 10, 2017

The study, just published online in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, used the same research methodology in each of Australia, China, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Romania, and the US. It found that violent media use was positively and significantly related to aggressive behaviour in all 7 countries media violence impacts were read more »

Police and community critical of violent video game April 4, 2017

ACCM President Professor Elizabeth Handsley contributed to this Nine Network news story about a violent videogame set in Adelaide streets and using images of SAPOL cars  read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin March 30, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 30 March 2017 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin  on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Why all gambling ads during sporting matches should be banned March 21, 2017

The advertising of gambling during sports matches is becoming more frequent. For example, it has been reported that more than one-in-six ads shown during AFL matches are gambling-related.Now the Turnbull Government is reported to be considering banning the advertising of gambling during televised sporting broadcasts. Gambling expert, Dr Christopher Hunt from the University of Sydney supports read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin March 16, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 16 March 2017 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin  on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Cyberhate with Tara Moss screening at 9.30pm, Wednesday 15 March on ABC March 14, 2017

The internet has given the world a voice. Why do some use their voice to shame, bully and brutalise? What does it mean for human nature, democracy and the future? In Cyberhate with Tara Moss, a documentary produced by The Full Box for ABC TV, Tara Moss investigates online abuse, read more »

New Carly’s Law to protect young Australians online March 6, 2017

The Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan MP, has announced that young Australians will have greater protection from the vile grooming of online predators under tough new laws to be introduced by the Australian Government. An evolved version of Carly’s Law will make it a crime for an adult to read more »

Have your say on the future of Australian film and TV March 2, 2017

The House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts has announced that it will conduct an inquiry into “factors contributing to the growth and sustainability of the Australian film and television industry”.The Committee has invited submissions and these are due by the 31st of March. There will also read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin February 23, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 23 February is now available. Read it here. Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin  on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Australian food industry failing to self-regulate junk food ads to children February 20, 2017

A new study by Cancer Council NSW and the University of Sydney  has found no reduction in unhealthy food and drink advertisements on television during children’s peak viewing times, despite voluntary self-regulatory initiatives introduced by the food industry in 2009.The study has found that children are being exposed to read more »

It’s time to change to age-based classification! February 16, 2017

ACCM has for some time been arguing for an age-based classification system based on child development. Find out more about this and how you can take action. read more »

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