How Influence People and Lose Votes

Seems Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy, really is getting carried away with his new portfolio!

Not only is he persuing his original net-nanny software on the web but he is now upping the ante with a two tier system – “one level of mandatory filtering for all Australians and an optional level that will provide a “clean feed”, censoring adult material.”

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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