[LINK] Referendum on Filter

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Fri Jul 9 15:52:53 AEST 2010

On 9/07/2010 11:10 AM, George Bray wrote:
> ...
> It seems to me that the government's quest for a mandatory censorship 
> regime
> is an issue that requires greater education and consideration by the
> electorate.
In view of this government's demonstrated propensity for 
strategically-inexact terminology (spin/lies) on the subject, the 
education part of that will take a great deal of resources and time. As 
it stands, the electorate seems convinced that filtering opponents are 
kiddie-fiddlers. In other words, at present, a referendum probably 
wouldn't go as we might hope. Then again, maybe that's just a reflection 
of the people I know (who aren't technologically literate).
> We already have evidence that the government is prepared to change their
> stated position, just before and just after an election. I find it 
> abhorrent
> that senator Conroy now claims a mandate for a markedly different 
> proposal,
> and uses his media opportunities to continue this lie.
> To those that know more about such things, is this a case for a referendum
> at the upcoming election? Is the loss of our internet freedoms more
> important than, say, daylight savings? How are referenda initiated?
> ...

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