Net Censorship

Our glorious leaders have been banging the drum of Internet Censorship for some time. 

This all began many years ago with Senator Harradine & Richard Alston, but with the change of government the baton seems to have well and truly passed to Senator Conroy.

Mike Fitz has explained, eloquently, the myriad problems with what is being proposed.

The proposals:

- Won’t work

- Will give a false sense of security

- Will block meaningful content by mistake (the problem of false positives)

- Will cause greater expenses to be borne by ISPs who will pass it on to US

- Will make all internet speeds slower

This madness seems to be pushed by a small number of interest groups. But the Rudd government has shown itself already to be hugely susceptible to interest groups. Remember the Bill Henson photo’s business of mid-late 2008?

If people are so concerned about inappropriate content being found on the internet by children, they have 2 options: 1. TALK TO THEIR CHILDREN! Supervise and explain what’s right and what’s not. 2. Install a local parental filter at home where it does the most good at the least cost to anybody else.

I really wonder what on earth is going on in this Labor Party we elected.

I just finished reading a book called “Underground” – a bit dated now, but about an Australia in 2020 with a continuation of the Howard govt. Censorship is the way, as is control, exclusions zones, permanent war. It’s like 1984 but set in Australia in 2020.

The trouble with it is, everything in this book is eerily credible. Even the names that have been chosen to shock have actually come to pass. In the book, people are controlled by “The Department of Citizenship”.

I just recently found that the former Dept of Immigration is now “The Department of Immigration and Citizenship”.

We are not all that far removed (and actually never are) from the imposition of police-state rules.

The really sad thing is that this is being pushed hard by Labor. The same Labor formed to defend the rights of the people in the shearers strikes, the legacy of the same people who stood up for what’s right at Eureka. The same Labor who managed to kill off the Menzies constitutional change to outlaw the Communist Party.

This Labor Government we have is not Labor. It’s the Liberals in drag.

Rudd Labor: FAIL.

3 Comments

Well you know that Kath and I have had an ‘anti’ widget on our blogs for some time. I’ve just taken mine down due to my crap internet more than anything. Apparently the legislation doesn’t take into acount p2p which is where predators well . .predate and the AFP actually attempt to catch them. I’m amazed that more people aren’t outraged about this . .maybe it’s the sunshine. And yes, I voted for Kev but he’s just a pussy boy with a mouth like a cat’s bum.

Comment by Baino | January 18th, 2009 7:26 pm | Permalink

That’s right – what Baino said. And you too, Wally.

This is a tiny bit like the Tampa crisis and 9/11 – John Howard got back in because his utter racism, stupidity and 1950s attitudes were overlooked due to our attention on bigger issues at the time.

Same goes here. Unfortunately.

Comment by Kath Lockett | January 20th, 2009 4:00 pm | Permalink

Wait till you see what appears here tomorrow.

Comment by Wally | January 20th, 2009 4:36 pm | Permalink

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