Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Leftist Australian government pushes forward with internet censorship

We read:
"The Federal Government is pushing ahead with its controversial plan to filter the internet, saying illegal material can be blocked "with 100 per cent accuracy and negligible impact on internet speed". It has just released results of its latest live filtering trials, used as proof that a national internet filter will work.

Labor will introduce legislation next year requiring all service providers to ban "refused classification" (RC) material hosted on overseas servers. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says RC material includes "child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence and the detailed instruction of crime and drug use". "Most Australians acknowledge there is some internet content which is not acceptable in any civilised society," Senator Conroy said. "It is important that all Australians, particularly young children, are protected from this material."

The ISP filter plan has attracted a chorus of criticism from industry and internet users, who claim its introduction will strangle internet speeds, curb free speech and be used by the government to ban content it deems "undesirable". Advocacy organisation GetUp's petition against the proposal has garnered more than 120,000 signatures....


A Leftist government getting concerned about naughty bits? Leftists normally think anything goes morally. It is obviously the opportunities for political censorship that attract them. Leftists just love political censorship. They need it. A preliminary list of the sites to be banned was circulated some time ago and many sites on it were not at all sexy or violent.


Anonymous said...

A couple things -

First, internet content at home can be filtered by various programs available for purchase. If adults are concerned about what their children may see on the internet, then the purchase of a program of this sort would be wise. Of course liberals seem to believe that people just can't think for themselves or make their own decisions. So this comes as no surprise.

Second, I agree that this is just a tool to censor other information. Once you sensor one thing, what is it to attempt to sensor something else? This is a slipper slope; not to mention a means by which the left can make further attempts to control the minds of the "sheeple."

Anonymous said...

Once again "protecting children" is the excuse used to censor other adults and what the government or some other authority doesn't like.

Anonymous said...

So the question remains, will people OUTSIDE Australia be able to access all the nasty sites hosted WITHIN Australia? You can't tell me that there won't be ANY pornography, hate sites, or anti-government sites. (Although the porn sites may be restricted to sites only depicting sex with kangaroos.)

Anonymous said...

America (and the world) needs politicians of character and strength who will say, "No" to entitlement/redistribution programs. Such counterproductive programs become law when we are seduced by characterless politicians. These scoundrels skillfully appeal to our lower nature by playing the class envy card. Like perfect suckers we demand, "Let's get those rich S.O.Bs who have succeeded on the backs of the poor!" It is also time we say no to our Oprah-ized society where everything is about feelings and everyone is a victim.
– Lloyd Marcus

Dr. No said...

If the people allow this, then they clearly deserve it. In a so-called "free" society, the government can not take control of your life (and that's exactly what this move is the begining of) unless YOU allow it to happen.

Anonymous said...

As an Aussie this worries me.
Do we really want the same type of internet access as the PR of China?

Anonymous said...

Lefties funny now they are lovers of fascist big in your life brother. They've always wanted to censor opposition and now they're trying to do it on the most free discourse in the world. China does it too. How sad liberals are.