[LINK] more filter - hurdle in the Senate

Paul Bolger pbolger at gmail.com
Fri Oct 31 12:02:05 EST 2008

Call me cynical, but: Silly proposition to filter internet 'nasties'
gets blocked by Senate, people who are dopey enough to think filtering
proposition is a good idea think the Government is doing a good job.
Goverment gets another possible double-dissolution trigger...

2008/10/31 Jan Whitaker <jwhit at janwhitaker.com>:
> Internet screening move hits hurdle
> http://www.theage.com.au/news/technology/web/internet-screening-move-hits-hurdle/2008/10/30/1224956188036.html
> Katharine Murphy and Matthew Ricketson
> October 30, 2008 - 9:52AM
> A headline-grabbing election promise to crack down on internet
> nasties looks to be in trouble as Senate opposition grows.
> As part of its election-winning pitch, the Rudd Government promised
> families far-reaching measures to block prohibited content at the
> internet server level. It now faces a concerted backlash against the
> proposal by the internet industry.
> The Greens have added their voice to Coalition concerns about the
> plan, with the Greens' communications spokesman calling the proposal "daft".
> If the Liberals block legislation imposing server-level filtering,
> the Government will need the support of the Greens, Family First
> senator Steve Fielding and South Australian senator Nick Xenophon.
> Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam told The Age yesterday
> that he was concerned the Government was trying to implement a policy
> that was technically difficult and very expensive for taxpayers.
> The industry says mandatory filtering by internet service providers -
> as distinct from a "net nanny" that families can put on their own
> computers - will slow internet speeds significantly.
> Senator Ludlam said server-level filtering imposed a kind of
> censorship that "runs counter to what the internet is all about". The
> Government would be better investing the filtering money in law
> enforcement and education.
> "I think it's really quite misguided," Senator Ludlam said.
> Senator Fielding has signalled he wants a range of material blocked,
> including hard-core pornography and fetish material. Senator Xenophon
> has indicated he wants access to offshore gaming sites restricted.
> The Government is still a way from producing legislation to effect
> its policy, but indications are that it will be difficult to achieve
> consensus in the Senate.
> An industry trial of various technologies will come before any legislation.
> Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has launched a strong defence
> of the policy, hitting back at claims by the internet industry that
> the Government wants a sweeping ban on controversial content.
> "I will accept some debate around what should and should not be on
> the internet - I am not a wowser," Senator Conroy told The Age. "I am
> not looking to blanket-ban some of the material that it is being
> claimed I want to blanket-ban, but some material online, such as
> child pornography, is illegal."
> In response to arguments that the proposal would affect basic civil
> liberties and the principle that households should be able to be
> their own internet policeman, he said: "We are not trying to build
> the Great Wall of China.
> "We are not trying to be Saudi Arabia, and to say that is to simply
> misrepresent the Government's position."
> [then someone had better tell the Senator that they are losing the
> plot and had better start thinking harder about what they *think*
> their position is.]
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