Australia's proposed 'net censorship scheme: the politics.

Following up on yesterday's BoingBoing post about a proposed state-mandated internet filtering system in Australia, reader David points us to a Sydney Morning Herald report about the political maneuvering behind the deal, and says:

While the Labour plan was originally scoffed at by the Coalition government, they are now being placed under pressure by members within to support such a system. Family First, an emerging religous right party, has already expressed support for the idea. It's worth noting that the leader of the opposition (Labour) is so unpopular at the moment that he could head-butt Godzilla and still not stand a chance in hell of being elected.