[LINK] filter dead and cremated?

Jan Whitaker jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Mon Aug 16 23:04:16 AEST 2010

Greens side with Coalition on internet filtering policy

August 16, 2010 - 2:21PM

Labor's hopes of getting its internet filter plan through federal 
parliament look destined to fail, with the Australian Greens calling 
for a PC-based approach.

Earlier this month the Coalition 
it would scrap 
for a mandatory internet filter if it won the August 21 election. 
Even if it didn't win, it said it would not vote in favour of the plan.

Greens communications spokesman Senator Scott Ludlam on Monday 
released the party's cyber safety policy, opposing Labor's mandatory 
internet service provider (ISP) level filter.

The $40 million policy involves PC-based filtering, further research 
into cyber safety risks, strengthened law enforcement, and net 
literacy education.

"The Greens believe Australians need a world-class national broadband 
network but we don't need the Australian government looking over our 
shoulder and filtering what we see," Senator Ludlam said.

"A voluntary filter at the household level would be more effective to 
protect kids."

He said an obligation should be placed on ISPs to offer PC-based 
filtering solutions that can be customised to block a broad range of content.

Police cyber crime units should also be better resourced, he said.

Polls show the Greens look poised to take a balance of power role in 
the Senate after the August 21 election.

AAP and smh.com.au

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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