Steve Fielding: chief censor

It would be ironic if the government’s opt-out internet filtering system is blocked by the conservatives, especially Senator Steve Fielding. The Age reports:

Family First Senator Steve Fielding wants hardcore pornography and fetish material blocked under the Government’s plans to filter the internet, sparking renewed fears the censorship could be expanded well beyond “illegal material”.

The Opposition said it would most likely block any attempts to introduce the controversial mandatory ISP filtering policy, so the Government would need the support of Senator Fielding as well as the Greens and Senator Nick Xenophon to pass the legislation.
Net filters may block porn and fetish sites

Populists politics, wowserism and moralising have made this issue into a hot one for Stephen Conroy. Despite the problems with an opt-in filtering system, it is time for the Rudd government to reconsider.

There has certainly been a strong reaction around the blogosphere:

I have a simple message to Senator Conroy. Stop bullying opponents of the scheme and take time to listen to those affected by this hideous plan.
iTWire: Mandatory Content Filtering in Australia

Kevin Rennie

Original post at Labor View from Bayside

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11 Responses

  1. The last thing I need is some twisted religious moral compass holder trying to decide for me what is fit for my consumption.
    The government needs to be fiercely bitchslapped if this sort of censorship proceeds.
    Regrettably, this aligns me, probably for the first time, with Andrew Bolt.

  2. This is the one action that really has me angry at this government. Stupid is all I can think of.

    Haven’t put a real pen to paper for a while but might write to the government on this one. Ink on paper seems to get more attention and credibility than electronic bitching.

  3. I’m sure he is using this as a bargaining tool and the government will have to sugar coat it for him in the form of some other concession…the game.

  4. “Ink on paper seems to get more attention and credibility than electronic bitching”

    Exactly. They are still so backward in Canberra (and Macquarie St) that snail mail is considered the only legitimately recognised form of written communication.

  5. Email with a CC worked for me…now it is just an email.

  6. Last year (or was it this year?), I emailed Nicola Roxon about her appearance before some homophobic Christian gathering in the Great Hall at Parliament House.

    I used MS Outlook’s ‘get a read receipt option’. What I got from the option was ’email was deleted unread’.

  7. Once censorship raises its ugly head where does it end. If this is allowed then we will have every faction in the country calling for the banning of any material their ideology finds offensive.

    In addition we may end up with governments censoring things they do not want us to see or hear about. Afterall how do we know what the filters will censor and no doubt hackers will be able to manipulate them.

  8. # 6. Sans Blog | October 28, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Last year (or was it this year?), I emailed Nicola Roxon about her appearance before some homophobic Christian gathering in the Great Hall at Parliament House.

    I used MS Outlook’s ‘get a read receipt option’. What I got from the option was ‘email was deleted unread’.

    That’s why you put pen to paper and make a photocopy. As much as they say electronic correspondence is official, it can too easily disappear and filters can “accidentally” bar them.

    From my Defence days and understanding of the system a hardcopy is an official document that must be acknowledged and filed.

    I have written to Joanna Gash a couple of times (best local member I have ever known) and then sent an email which she quickly acknowledged, so now if I have a problem with the Federal government I email her and she always responds. But I think she is the exception and not the rule.

  9. Adrian

    My local member is Tanya Plibersek, and I have found that she too will respond to letters and emails, and does follow up too.

  10. I’m totally against censorship.

    If you don’t like it, don’t look at it.

  11. I’m sticking to email, but I have noticed that a lot of responses have been in letter form…some have been standard letters but that does not bother me as I do fish and pass them on for others to formulate strategy to achieve their ends.

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