On 2 December 2015, the Senate referred this inquiry to the committee. The inquiry lapsed at the dissolution of the Senate on 9 May 2016.
On 13 September 2016, the Senate agreed to the committee's recommendation that the Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet inquiry be re-adopted in the 45th Parliament with a reporting date of 23 November 2016.
The committee has resolved not to call for new submissions but to refer to the evidence received during the 44th Parliament. All correspondence and evidence previously received for this inquiry has been made available to the new committee. This means that submissions already provided to the committee about this issue do not need to be re-submitted.Read more
Collective Shout's co founder Melinda Tankard Reist joins a panel of experts and two young people to discuss the harms of pornography
McDonald's are pushing soft porn to kids by screening hyper-sexualised content on their in-store TV screens throughout restaurants across Australia.Read more
A NSW father has spoken out against the hyper sexualised music videos displayed in McDonald's restaurants across the country. He was with his six and eight year old children when they were exposed to sexualised content via the in-store TV screen.Read more
Russia's media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has blocked access to two of the world's largest pornography websites.
Internet service providers had until Tuesday to implement the ban.
The sites now redirect to a message explaining they have been blocked "by decision of public authorities".
Children and teens will almost inevitably be exposed to pornography despite the best efforts of parents, a cybersafety expert has warned.Read more
On 2 December 2015 the Senate referred the following matter for inquiry and report by 1 December 2016.
Harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet
The closing date for submissions is 10 March 2016.
About this inquiry
The harm being done to Australian children through access to pornography on the Internet including trends in children's consumption of pornography, the impact of this on the development of health and respectful relationships, harm minimisation methods used in other jurisdictions and possible measures to be implemented in Australia.
Question: Is your teenage son or daughter watching pornography online? Answer: Yes, almost certainly.
As new figures show 93 per cent of boys and 61 per cent of girls aged 13 to 16 are exposed to porn online, experts are raising the alarm over its impact on young people.Read more