Under the Kevin Rudd government, a proposed Net censorship plan would ban “controversial websites,” says The Courier-Mail.
Australia would be in the same league as China and other repressive regimes, “and the Government will not let users opt out of the proposed national internet filter when it is introduced,” says the story.
The Rudd administration is, “investing millions of dollars on delivering faster broadband services to Australian homes at the same time it is investing millions of dollars to slow it down,” says Adelaide Now.
And, “The man with a finger on the mouse of this bizarre internet phenomenon is none other than Family First Senator, Steve Fielding,” it says, continuing, “Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy had explained this as a two-tier system which blocked pornography and ‘illegal material’.
“This was proposed by the Howard Government and is being implemented by the Rudd Labor Government which many had assumed never would sanction censorship, blacklisting or the erosion of the country’s civil liberties.”
Without Senator Fielding’s assent, “the Government is pretty much hamstrung,” it says, adding »»»
A spokesperson for Senator Fielding’s Family First suggested that the party would want anything stronger than R-Rating material to be banned – across the board.
This would include drug use and sexual fetish depictions – those things classified R18+ under the Broadcasting Services Act.
While nobody in their right mind would condone young children coming into contact with pornography, the mandatory screening of all internet content to censor out said pornography is seen as downright dangerous for the nation.
Meanwhile, John Lindsay, the Carrier Relations Manager of leading ISP, Internode, said his personal reservation was the screening at best was ineffective and at worst, threatened to “break the internet,” says Adelaide Now.
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