Children's welfare groups oppose Australian censorware -- petition to save Australia's Internet

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  1. Justin France says:

    It’s sad that the supposedly more liberal of the two parties in Australia would keep this ball rolling.

    And the subsequent coverage – although coverage is there, it’s not an issue my parents would know about. Not on the 6 o’clock news, and if it is it’s usually slanted as a good idea.

    We’re infatuated with nanny state policy everywhere else, so this comes as no great surprise.

  2. Ocker3 says:

    I beg to differ on the lack of MSM coverage, it’s been mentioned on the news (websites) in the US, the UK, and all over many Australian websites. An organisation I’m a member of (SAGE-AU, a system admin’s technical group) has been voicing very strong opposition to it for weeks now, and our President (Donna) has made some widely covered comments about it.

    With the recent attack on the filter by none other than the head of Save the Children (noted as “the largest independent children’s rights agency in the world” http://www.theage.com.au/news/home/technology/childrens-welfare-groups-slam-net-filters/2008/11/28/1227491813497.html), hopefully this is doomed. Senator Conroy already has plenty on his plate trying to keep the National Broadband Network on track, don’t think he can handle this as well.

  3. Anonymous says:

    There’s a rally to oppose the Internet censorship laws on December 13th in all Australian capital cities. For NSW, it will be at 11am at Sydney Town Hall square. Check the Facebook event: “Sydney Townhall Protest to Stop Internet censorship & filtering”

  4. Anonymous says:

    Minister Conroy has gone so far as to suggest that anyone opposed to Filtering supports ‘child pornography’.

    This is not surprising from the government that publicly decried an art exhibition that featured shots of a nude girl.

    This would have never had legs, had it not been for the government needing to buy a single senate vote belonging to a senator whose party is an ultra-conservative Christian party with a sole senator and a long-standing manifesto of ‘save the children / filter the net’.

    The irony is that I moved to Australia thinking that the country is an open minded, fun-loving place. The population might be, but the government is so far from that! They’ve got an opposition government are called ‘liberal’ but are patently conservative (irony much?) and the party in power (labour) swing between conservative and pro-union.

    Lovely country, shame about this crappy policy. Hopefully it will fall in a heap as it has over and over again already.

  5. Itsumishi says:

    Whilst I have seen coverage of the issue on most of the major News Papers I still do not believe it has had nearly the coverage it deserves.

    Never once have I logged onto The Age or The Herald Sun and seen this issue on either front page, or even under the ‘National News’ sections. These are the 2 major Newspapers in Melbourne.

    Always I have had to look in the ‘Technology Sections’ or have found the article due to links. Coverage in the US and the UK does not equate to major news coverage in Australia. When I asked my parents on their thoughts on the issue they said only that they had vaguely heard about it but had no real knowledge about any of it, both of my parents read news papers daily and watch news nightly.

    Word is spreading certainly, however I feel this is probably much more so through certain circles than the general public.

  6. Itsumishi says:

    Just to back up my point in the above post.
    I just asked 4 different people at my work about it.

    2 of them said they were both vaguely aware of the issue and had read 1 article each. The other 2 had not heard about it at all.

  7. Oren Beck says:

    For help in understanding some of the damage to freedom censorship like net filtering will do:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Digital_Imprimatur

  8. King Rocket says:

    The Opposition in Australia really isn’t being vocal about this at all.
    Not surprising really since they got this ball rolling when they were in power, Labor just continued on with the scheme.

  9. dr80085 says:

    There’s an editorial article on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s website by an advocate of the censorware here (“Net porn: Whose rights matter most?”). Almost all of the huge number of comments on the article are highly critical, but I am still very nervous that the government cares only for the support of the conservative Family First MP who holds the balance of power.

    I must also say that almost all of the discussion on Australian web forums on this topic has focussed on the technical impossibilities of the filtering. While of course I completely agree with this, I think it misses the main point that this sort of censorship is hideously bad and scary.

    I think the main reason people don’t want to argue about net censorship is that they are embarrassed about arguing that net porn should not be censored.

    It is vital to break this embarrassing taboo, or the censors will always win, and will not stop with porn (think on a scale from: terrorist groups, drugs, anti-government journalists, trade unions, …)

    Therefore, I say with (albeit anonymous) pride: I look at porn on the net. I’m a happily married 30 something professional who occasionally feels like having a wank.

    Somehow I don’t think that I’m alone.

  10. Pam Rosengren says:

    I agree the Opposition isn’t being too vocal about it – they are saying something but they can’t say much because they started it.

    From what I have seen there is quite a bit of mainstream media coverage – the Fairfax group, the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and even the very conservative Courier-Mail have all published strong opinion pieces opposing the internet censorship bill; and Crikey, although by no means MSM, has given it a Wankley Award (that’s a play on Australia’s Walkley Awards).

    If the bill is enacted, it is fairly certain BoingBoing will be blocked. One of the minority senators whose support is needed by the government has “fetish sites” on his unwanted content list. Sorry Mark, sorry Xeni, but you’ll have to clean up your act – or get Cory to teach us how to do tunnelling ;-)

  11. Spikeles says:

    Remember:
    The Australian Constitution does not have any express provision relating to freedom of speech.http://www.aph.gov.au/LIBRARY/Pubs/RN/2001-02/02rn42.htm

    Try not to bring “Free Speech” into the debate, as it won’t get you anywhere.

    For those interested in more info:
    http://users.on.net/~newton/ellis-2008-10-20.pdf
    http://slash.dotat.org/~newton/senate/
    http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1094702
    http://www.somebodythinkofthechildren.com/
    http://blog.nocleanfeed.com/
    http://www.efa.org.au/

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