The mandatory Internet filtering legislation will only become law if it is passed by both Houses of Parliament; that is, it must be passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. It will almost certainly pass in the House of Representatives, where the Labor Party has a clear majority. However, to pass in the Senate, where the Labor Party doesn't have a majority, it will need the support of the Coalition (the Liberal Party and the National Party). Therefore, possibly our best chance to stop the filter from ever becoming law, is to convince the Liberal Party to vote against it in the Senate.
Help us persuade the Liberal Party to oppose the Government's mandatory Internet filter by taking these four steps.
Getting face-to-face time with a Liberal Member of Parliament or Senator is the best way to get our message across. Make an appointment to visit, either by yourself or with a group of people, and explain to the Member or Senator why the filter is a bad idea. The Learn More page on the site as well as the Fact Sheets give you all the information you need to set out the case against the filter. We will also post some talking points here very soon. Remember to tell them that the filter will influence your vote.
We have put the contact details for the House of Representatives here and the Senate here. Please use these spreadsheets to indicate which Member or Senator you will be visiting and when, so that other like minded people might be able to join you. This will also help us track which Members or Senators have been visited, so we can make sure that we have face-to-face contact with every single Liberal Member or Senator.
Hopefully by now you will have already written to your local Member of Parliament, but it is now time to write to the Senators in your State. The contact details for the Senators in your State can be found here.
If you don’t know what to write, you might want to start with this:
As an Australian and an internet user, I have serious concerns about the Government’s mandatory Internet filtering policy.
Given the importance of modernising Australia’s broadband network, pursuing a policy that can only slow down and increase the costs of home internet access seems misguided at best. Australian households are diverse, and most do not have young children, so mandating a one-size-fits-all approach will not serve the public well. Home-based PC filters give parents the power to choose what is right for their families. And, as you well know, the mandatory filter will not provide any real protection for children from inappropriate content or any other online threat.
We value our freedom of communication. Given the amount of Internet content available, the Government will never be able to classify even a small percentage of it. I feel that the time and money could be spent in better ways both to protect children and improve Australia’s digital infrastructure. Australian parents need better education about the risks their children face online. Trying to rid the Internet of objectionable content is futile, and can only distract from that mission.
I hope that you will vote against this legislation when it is presented to the Senate.
You might also want to have a look at Bernard Keane's advice on how to write a great letter.
The more phone calls and emails they receive, the clearer it will be that the Australian public is against the Government’s impractical and costly policy of Government censorship, and that they should vote against the legislation. You can find the phone numbers and email addresses for the House of Representatives here and the Senate here.
Help us keep track of the position of what each Liberal Member of Parliament or Senator, so that we know we where to focus our lobbying efforts. After you have visited your Liberal Member of Parliament or Senator, or get a reply to your letter, update this spreadsheet.
The Take Action page on this website has a list of 10 things you can do to show your support for an Open Internet against Government censorship of the Internet.
Also, please add yourself to our Supporter database and mark off when you have done one or all of these ten things, so that we can keep track of how our collective lobbying efforts are going. We will also post a weekly list of Open Internet Advocates, who are supporters who have marked off five or more of these things.