Name: Australian Censorship

Date:  1985 - 1995

Location:  Australia

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumPrint Journalism , Literature

Artist: Polyester Books. A. Shulgin - Pikhal

Confronting Bodies: Customs, Melbourne, Australia

Date of Action: May 1993

Specific Location: Melbourne, Australia

Description of Artwork:  All books and magazines which according to the classification board in Canberra are deemed to encourage or promote illegal drug usage.

Description of Incident:  Customs have seized shipments from such book distributors as Homestead and Last Gasp, and seized any books or videos that have anything to do with drugs. After a few months we're informed that the books and videos can either be destroyed or they can be returned to the distributor with their supervision. in the U.S. Of course we have to pay the return freight.

Results of Incident:  We're very careful when ordering books of this ilk from the U.S.

Source: Paul Elliott (Fitzroy, VIC, Australia)

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