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Geoffrey Cains

Geoffrey Cains

Geoffrey Cains is the sponsor of the National Biography Award and the associated NBA Lecture. He is currently studying at Monash University for the degree of PhD in the area of suppression of Australian literature.

Geoffrey Cains reviews 'The Censor’s Library: Uncovering the Lost History of Australia’s Banned Books' by Nicole Moore

May 2012, no. 341 24 April 2012
Even at the age of eighty-four it appears that our censors of old possessed a moral clarity that no longer exists. Censorship was carried out by the state as a force of moral purpose, protecting the population from the consequences of reading banned literature: to wit, moral decline and subversion, particularly among the powerless. This was pertinent to children whose innocence entailed a lack of ... (read more)