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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > New Australian PM Favors Net Filter

New Australian PM Favors Net Filter

New Australian PM Favors Net Filter

Added: Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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New Aussie PM, Julia Gillard, reaffirmed government’s intention to filter the web. The filter was supposed to target child porno, but she somehow compares its essence to the ability to watch otherwise illegal content in the cinemas.


Those Australians who had hoped that a new Prime Minister would cancel or at least postpone plans for mandatory ISP-level web filtering of all irrelevant material, as well as of offensive and illegal content, are sadly disappointed. The new PM is also pressing on with the filtering proposal aimed at somehow regulating the “dark side” of the Net. However, the reasons voiced for that are odd enough. For instance, Julia Gillard said that since people can’t see certain things in the country’s cinemas, they shouldn’t be able to see those things online either. God bless those who can find any sense in this comparison. Of course, you can’t access kids porno in theaters since it is illegal and there are laws against it enforced by the authorities.

The new PM seems to adopt the logic of an Aussie broadband minister Stephen Conroy. The latter used to claim that the absence of Internet filter meant people were opting in to kids pornography.

Meanwhile, the US uses the tactics of relying on law enforcement instead of filtering, and achieved a great success with that, expressing concern on the strategy Australia has chosen.

The Australian citizens are also worrying about the fact that the law could also enforce filtering of other things like online video gaming, gambling, legal porn, and even peer-to-peer services, as it was mentioned before.

The only group supporting the decision is Australian Christian Lobby, which has already required the filter to have been revisited after 3 years in order to possibly extend it to filtering all the X and R-rated content online. The Lobby’s spokeswoman said that they base on a following principle: you can’t treat the web differently from any other forms of communication, such as movies and books. However, there exists a simple answer to this: we have no automatic filtering tool for movies and books, and that’s what makes us treat them differently. Manufacturers and consumers of illegal content are still a subject to criminal prosecution, you know.

The new Prime Minister noted that communications minister may tweak the proposal prior to its introduction, but it means the government is still going to filter the Net.

July 13th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-07-13 13:42:38)
SkYnEtCeNtRaL avatarhmmm
thanks for the update SaM

posted by (2010-07-13 20:08:14)
boost3d avatarfunny how the ginga ninja lawyer isn't even religous...

posted by (2010-07-14 05:40:31)
Rockman avatarHow are users going to get past these awful filters hopefully some hacking greek Genius somewhere can get out free software to bypass these filters fingers crossed ! !

posted by Blocked (2010-07-14 08:04:42)
minstrel avatarOkay but doesnt the government need the cooperation of ISP's to implement the filter system? Does the government have the legal right to impose such demands on a business that is not in any part owned by the government. I reckon this filter scenario will have to see some time in the courts to test its legality.

Besides if the bikies in Australia can take the government to court because of plans to impose legal consequences on bike clubs and business ventures owned or operated by known bikes, I'd be surprised if this filter system goes without its own trial before the courts!

posted by (2010-07-14 14:38:33)
chasnjas avatarThe government has decided to put back implementing a filter for one year,they are getting hammered in the polls and are waiting to see if they get relected.All the more reason to vote them out i say.

posted by (2010-07-14 16:00:31)
crackruckles avatari say let them put a filter on, its going to be a half arsed attempt at stopping illegal activity's but they forget the fact the the broadband minister Stephen Conroy didn't even know how peer to peer worked or what it was until he had to give a speech about this filter so its going to be like putting a bandage on a water pipe, its there but it wont work.

posted by (2010-07-15 04:19:15)
AnonymousSaber avatarMan this sucks, But yeah crackruckles when they decide to implement it they will possibly wise up enough to do something. but if its like any other quick fix the government of Australia tries to make its most probably going to fail and just hinder millions in the process. So i agree with chasnjas vote em out

posted by (2010-07-16 10:15:49)
xxAstroBoyxx avatarwell i do not understand, is how is the kids going to research for any material that they need for their new essays, well work now called, i mean we all read about world war 2 and the rest, how bout these poor buggers that simply rely on this source of info, are we the next CHINA?????.... powerful strong economy but ignorant to what happens to the world out there.
i do love the idea lets protect our children, but lets keep them in the dark, is not healthy in any country or religion we may as well just become Muslims, and that does not say we are gonna be bad like the whole world has the stereo type picture, but they are strict and before you become 1 you must follow a process, so now this new prime minister is actually not even asking but imposing her rules that in her little mind believes is right, i do believe that everybody has the right of freedom of speech and will also include freedom to find your heritage,culture and belonging, i know where I'm from, and where i was born, but children only call Australia home how would they know or even have the chance to find that out if you come from a conflicted country how tell me.
in short southern cross of cuba,china,russia and all other comunist country that keep it's population in the dark!!!!

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