An update on Aussie Internet Filtering Legislation
Fri Apr 30, 2010 01:20
The Australian | Nicola Berkovic
Kevin Rudd has put another election promise on the backburner with his controversial internet filtering legislation set to be shelved until after the next election.
A spokeswoman for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said yesterday the legislation would not be introduced next month's or the June sittings of parliament.
With parliament not sitting again until the last week of August, the laws are unlikely to be passed before the election.
Australian Christian Lobby managing director Jim Wallace was disappointed.
Fri Apr 30, 2010 09:59
Nice post mate. I have been following the development of this legislation for quite some time now and also have quite a lot of background material.
As you know it has already been tested on behalf of the Government by Telstra last year.
The legislation was always designed to be passed by stealth with a minimum of fuss and as little media coverage as possible.
The announcemtn of its withdrawal from the senate is mainly because Prime Minister Humpty Dumpty has had to do the proverbial backflip on other major policy stands. He wants to win the next election without rocking the boat.
If he is re elected you will see him and Conroy reintroduce the legislation and try to get it through the senate once more. They are not stupid enough to try and negotiate from a position of weakness.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news - but we ARE going to get an internet filter - and it will be at the isp level. The Libs will try to sneak it through eventually if Labour loses the next election. And they too will attempt to get it through by stealth...
Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:16
So long as at the same time the legislation is approved and put in place the fibre optic network is installed and up and running therefore overpowering the filters slowness then there is no major drama, i dont want my children seeing the material in question online and those responsible for its distribution should be imprisoned till the end of time. While many disagree, i believe it is well overdue to have mildly safer network for the future generations to use. The Bittorrent protocol and Bittorrent websites will remain unaffected allowing that mildly unsafe portion of the net to flow freely. I would never contribute a physical vote to have it introduced however something must be done before our children start to grow up 10 times faster than they should.
Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:09
Im with you buddy and I one hundred percent agree. I have no objection to filtering out kiddie porn and other evil stuff either. I just worry that once it is started - who knows where it will lead - and I dont like the idea of these bastards deciding further down the track - that I cant go here - or there - and that its for my own good because I am just basically an idiot who needs government supervision.
As for our so called illegal activities - I am optimistic that we will always be one step ahead. We have been cracking software for a long time now and no ones been able to stop us yet...
Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:21
I hope not to have our rights suffocated either, its not an Australian thing to do... keep in mind that even the sale of consenting adults in adult films rated 18+ aka X rated movies is illegal in most states of our great nation.
NSW Greens MP, Lee Rhiannon has moved a motion in the NSW Parliament protesting about the jailing of a young man for selling federally classified X18+ films, from an Oxford st adult shop in the wowser state. She called on the NSW Attorney General, John Hatsiztagos to legalise X rated DVDs in NSW.
In his reply, Hatzistagos tried to claim that X rated films were not legal at a federal level. This mix of muddle-headed thinking and good old sucking up to religious institutions of the state, is responsible for that fact that governments in NSW can and do send people to jail for moral crimes that are unique to that state.
How can X18+ films not be legal at a federal level when it is legal to bring them into the country through Customs, possess them in every state, and now, according to Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, not on the black list of his internet filter? The NSW Attorney General should resign over this gaffe and go back to law school.