Banned Books in Australia A Special Collections-Art in the Library Exhibition

The Yippies

Although Australia’s censors became more permissive from the late 1960s, they made an exception for the counter-culture movement in the USA. As Minister for Customs and Excise Don Chipp explained to a Sydney audience in 1972, the problem was not the movement’s revolutionary politics but its permissive attitude towards illegal drugs. As a result, books such as Abbie Hoffmann’s Revolution for the Hell of It and Jerry Rubin’s Do It! were banned, apparently without reference to the Censorship Board, along with a slew of volumes with such titles as Drug Manufacture for Fun and Profit, which appeared under the pseudonym of ‘Mary Jane Superweed’.

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