1. Australians should be able to read, hear, see and participate in media of their choice
Should the principle that adults be able to read, see and hear what they want be extended to a more general statement on the right to communicate, and be able to participate in the media of their choice?
Since the 1970s, the regulatory framework in Australia has largely operated around the principle that direct censorship or the refusal of classification of material is the exception rather than the rule. The National Classification Code as applied by the Classification Board has a clear statement that “Adults should be able to read, hear and see what they want”.
The Internet enables not only access to a much wider range of media content than traditional mass communications media, but also empowers its people to undertake a wider range of communication practices, including engaging as participants in the creation and distribution of media content.