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Australia now wants to ban Internet porn

Censorship going mental down under
Mon Oct 27 2008, 07:55

SENATORS in the Aussie government can’t get enough of their new found powers of telling their citizens what they can have on their internet connections.

Not content with censoring what they define as illegal content, the Aussie government is now considering filtering all porn from the Internet.

Family First Senator Steve Fielding said that hardcore pornography and fetish material should also be blocked under the Government's plans to filter the internet.

While the Opposition said it would most likely block any attempts to introduce the controversial mandatory ISP filtering policy, the government needs the support of the fringe parties to get the draconian censorship bill through the house.

This means that they might have to allow Senator Fielding and his ilk to define what else Australians are not allowed to see.

Senator Fielding, who is part of a party called Family First, wants all X-rated and refused classification (RC) content banned for everyone, including adults.

Senator Fielding's sentiments have confirmed ISPs' worst fears that the categories of blocked content could be broadened significantly at the whim of the Government, which is under pressure to appease vocal minorities.

Another senator Nick Xenophon said he would pass the legislation if the government used the filters to stop Australians visiting overseas casino sites. So no casinos and no porn in a country full of Australians and poisonous snakes. What they will win in moral fibre they are going to lose on tourism we would have thought.

While the world plus dog is telling the government that its bizarre filtering system is going to be more oppressive than Iran or China and will probably break the Australian Internet, the Aussie government is ploughing on with the idea. We would have thought that blocking porn on the Internet would create an armed rebellion in Australia, so we are not certain who the government is going to find to support them after it brings in such a daft idea.

Safe money is that all the Australians will move to New Zealand, which is much nicer anyway.

L'Inq
AP

 

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