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FILM CENSORS DEFENDED.
'Not DeEcient in Culture.'
CANBERRA, April 5— Statements made in Sydney recently by Mr. Charles Chauvel, producer of the Australian film 'In the wake of the Bounty' and bv Pro
fessor W. J. Sakin, which appeared to reflect on the cultural standard of the film censors, were resented .to-day by the Minister for Customs (Lieut.-Colonel White). 'In the wake of the Bounty' was subjected to considerable censorship before it was released. Lieut.-Colonel -White aaid: 'The Ap peal Censor (Brigadier-General MacKay) is a graduate in arts, has been a teacher and university lecturer in physics for many yeara, and after acting as student adviser at _ Sydney University, was recently , ap pointed to the headmastership of an im portant boys' school in New South Wales. His title indicates the rank and standing he attained on active service in the Great n&r '?-,,' 7he Chief Censor (Mr. Cresswell O Keilly) is also a graduate in arts of Sydney University, and has been a univer sity extension lecturer. He was selected for appointment as a censor eight years ago out of 625 applicants, and saw active service for nearly two years in Egypt, England and France. The second member of the Censorship Board (Colonel L. J. Hurley) lias occupied important adminis trative positions in the. Commonwealth ser vice in Australia and abroad. He has been four times around the world, has yicited every continent, and most of their important countries, including many where native races are in the majority, and was resident in England for a period of 12 years. The third member, Mrs. Gwen doline Hansen, was also a teacher for several years in the education service of Aew South Wales. Taken as a whole, it certainly cannot be said that the per sonnel of the censorship is lacking either in experience of the world and its peoples, or that it is deficient in culture.1'