Posts Tagged ‘Labor’

  • Why the Government should “do an ETS” on the mandatory Internet filter

    May 4 2010, 1:13

    In the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, Bella Counihan suggests that the Rudd Government should “do an ETS” on the mandatory Internet filter and scrap the policy: The Rudd government’s internet filter has always been a kind of policy duck – flapping on the surface, quacking all the right things but with lots more happening […]

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  • Senator Sue Boyce: “Internet Filter Proposal Descending Into Farce”

    Apr 30 2010, 2:09

    Senator Sue Boyce, Liberal Senator for Queensland, has issued this media release slamming the Rudd Government’s proposal to censor the Internet: The Rudd Government’s hare-brained proposal to censor the internet was descending into complete farce with the Prime Minister admitting he didn’t have a clue what was going on, Liberal Senator Sue Boyce, said today. […]

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  • DBCDE forum reveals filter legislation not drafted

    Apr 29 2010, 3:57

    Delimiter has reported today on screenshots of a forum being hosted internally by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), which suggest that there is yet to be a complete draft of the planned legislation and the possibility that it will be made an offence to promote methods of circumventing the filter: Electronic […]

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  • Libs take Government to task over U.S. filter opposition

    Apr 22 2010, 3:09

    EFA has received the text of a letter from Liberal Party Senator Sue Boyce to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Foreign Minister Stephen Smith demanding they come clean on the nature of representations made by the U.S. government regarding their internet censorship policy. Recent revelations that the U.S. Department of State had broached the subject with […]

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  • 7:30 Report: Internet filter policy under fire

    Apr 15 2010, 12:25

    Last night the ABC’s 7:30 Report covered the Australian Government’s proposed Internet filtering policy.  You can read the transcript here, or watch the video below: There is also an extended interview with Senator Stephen Conroy that you can download here.

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  • Getting around the filter

    Apr 14 2010, 3:09

    In a blog post for ZDNet, David Braue explains how easy it will be for people to get around the Government’s proposed Internet filter: Years ago, I was with a group of journalists discussing region-coded DVDs with the head of a large electronics manufacturer. We asked how vendors got away with stripping the region-coding feature […]

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  • “Treating Aussie internet users like a bunch of dodos”

    Apr 14 2010, 11:37

    In The Punch today, Lyall Mercer has a suggestion for Senator Stephen Conroy: Attention Senator Conroy: Forget about filtering the internet. Instead please pour your energy, time and (our) money into providing Australia with an internet – and a phone system for that matter – that works, is accessible and affordable. Read the rest of […]

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  • Senator Conroy at The Sydney Institute

    Apr 13 2010, 6:22

    On Monday night Senator Stephen Conroy spoke at The Sydney Institute on the topic, “Reform Unleashes Transformation.”  We blogged earlier about what Senator Conroy had to say about the filter (read it here), but you can now also listen to his address here.  Listen to other addresses from The Sydney Institute here.

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  • Filtering on Q & A

    Apr 13 2010, 3:43

    On the ABC current affairs panel show Q & A last night, the panel was asked about the Australian Government’s plan to introduce mandatory ISP level filtering.  The US Ambassador to Australia, Jeff Bleich, as well as the Shadow Treasurer, Joe Hockey, and the Minister for Housing and the Status of Women, Tanya Plibersek, all […]

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  • Conroy: the filter is not akin to political censorship

    Apr 13 2010, 12:55

    The Sydney Morning Herald reports on a speech Senator Stephen Conroy gave to the Sydney Institute on Monday night: “The internet is an incredible piece of technology and in our lifetime it’s unlikely we’ll see anything like it again,” he said. “But for all its technical brilliance, the internet is a distribution and communications platform. […]

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  • “Sir Humphrey Appleby on the internet filter”

    Apr 9 2010, 1:52

    Delimiter has a fun opinion piece today written by Darryl Adams, “Sir Humphrey Appleby on the internet filter.” It begins like this: To understand the situation that we find ourselves in regarding the internet filter, we need to refer to the great political textbook of our age: Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister. That great icon of […]

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  • Simon Hackett: Conroy’s wrong on net filtering

    Apr 9 2010, 11:15

    Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister responsible for the Government’s plan to censor the Internet, had a piece in The Punch earlier this week, titled “Don’t believe the myths on the ISP filter”.  He began by stating that there was “a lot of misinformation circulating about the Government’s ISP-level filtering proposal” and that he’d “like to outline the […]

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  • Piers Akerman: Censorship hides behind the great Conroy firewall

    Apr 8 2010, 1:19

    Conservative commentator Piers Akerman has a blog post today on the Australian Government’s plan to censor the Internet: BIZARRE but true, Australia and China are allied in their determination to censor internet content. In totalitarian China, the plan is known as Green Dam. In Australia it should be called “freedom-be-damned”. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is […]

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  • Senator Conroy in The Punch

    Apr 7 2010, 12:42

    Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister responsible for the Government’s plan to censor the Internet, has a piece in The Punch today, “Don’t believe the myths on the ISP filter”: There is a lot of misinformation circulating about the Government’s ISP-level filtering proposal and Eliza Cussen was right to warn people they shouldn’t believe everything they […]

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  • PM summons Conroy over US filter concerns?

    Apr 7 2010, 12:16

    The Australian is reporting that the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is believed to have summoned the Communications Minister Stephen Conroy to a meeting last week after media reports revealed the US was concerned about the Internet filtering policy: THE determination of the federal government to go ahead with mandatory internet filtering is not only creating diplomatic tensions […]

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  • International media covers Internet censorship in Australia

    Mar 31 2010, 10:52

    The last two weeks have been particularly positive for the Open Internet campaign against the Government’s proposal to censor the Internet.  The policy is beginning to get the mainstream media scrutiny it deserves and Senator Stephen Conroy is clearly beginning to feel the pressure: the Government delayed the introduction of the legislation; Senator Conroy felt it […]

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  • US Government concerned about Australia’s proposed Internet filter

    Mar 29 2010, 12:23

    The Australian is reporting that the US State Department has some concerns about the Australian Government’s policy to introduce mandatory Internet filtering: THE Obama administration has questioned the Rudd government’s plan to introduce an internet filter, saying it runs contrary to the US’s foreign policy of encouraging an open internet to spread economic growth and […]

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  • Senator Stephen Conroy to be on Australia Talks on Monday

    Mar 28 2010, 11:36

    Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister responsible for the Government’s plan to filter the Internet, will be a guest on Australia Talks with Paul Barclay on ABC’s Radio National on Monday evening (6pm AEDST, 5pm Qld/NT and 3pm WA). The Australia Talks website has all the details here (and here is a screenshot confirming Senator Conroy’s […]

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  • SMH: “On Conroy’s information byway, there’s some roadkill”

    Mar 27 2010, 11:06

    In the Sydney Morning Herald this morning there is a scathing op-ed piece on Senator Stephen Conroy and his plan to censor the Internet: IF YOU care about democracy, follow the worm. This worm has a name: Stephen Conroy. While Australians were distracted by another worm this week – top of the screen for Rudd, […]

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  • iiNet says the filter is “ideological” and “political”

    Mar 25 2010, 10:58

    Computerworld reports that iiNet ‘s chief regulatory officer, Stephen Dalby, criticised the Federal Government’s mandatory ISP-level filter when explaining why iiNet did make a submission on measures to increase accountability and transparency for Refused Classification material: iiNet’s chief regulatory officer, Stephen Dalby, said the ISP considered the large number of voices arguing that ISP-level filtering does […]

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