Thursday, 3 June 2021
Matters of Public Importance
Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. The member for Hunter understands this, and those members opposite ignore his cries at their peril.
The main thing I want to talk about today is that this government continuously walks and whistles at the same time. Not only are we great at protecting our economy and not only are we great at leading the way from a health perspective, but we are leading the way on things like age verification for online porn. Maybe those members opposite didn't hear what I said. This government is leading the way on age verification for online porn. Maybe they don't think that's important, I don't know. The government released its response to a report by the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs on Tuesday, in which it accepted the committee's recommendations to prevent young people being able to access pornography online. We know that there's a direct correlation between pornography and domestic violence. They say, 'What's this got to do with our having a plan for the future?' They are our future. The kids are our future. We believe, on this side of the House, that young people grow up to be adults, and we want to protect the age of innocence. We want to protect young people from the scourge that is being pushed on them on the internet, which is ultimately impacting on relationships as they get older. You may not see that. We certainly do. (Time expired)