Voice your opinion.
By letting policymakers know just what we think of the “clean feed” Internet filter, weÂ canÂ bring about a policy change. You can help by contacting your representatives and spreading the word about this campaign.
Contact Senator Conroy.
Contacting the MinisterÂ will let him know that his constituents, the Australian public, are not on board with his impractical plan.
Call the Minister.
There’s nothing like a personal phone call to get the message across. Call the minister’s office on (03) 9650 1188 and let them know your objections.
Write to the Minister.
A personalised letter to the Minister sends a powerful message: We don’t like the policy, and we care. Letters can be sent to the Ministerial office:
Senator Stephen Conroy
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital EconomyÂ
Level 4, 4 Treasury PlaceÂ
Melbourne Vic 3002
If you’re not sure what to say, you might wish to use the following as a template:
As an Australian and an internet user, I have serious concerns about your mandatory Internet filtering initiative.
Given the importance your Government has attached to 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 clean feed approach will not serve the public well. I don’t think it is the Government’s role to decide what’s appropriate for me or my children, and neither do most Australians.
Given the amount of Internet content available, the Government will never be able to classify it all and filters will always result in an unacceptable level of over-blocking. 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 adult content is futile, and can only distract from that mission.
Email the Minister.
Although not as effective as a letter or call, every bit helps. Email Senator Conroy at: minister (at) dbcde.gov.au.
Contact your local representative.
Your local Memeber of Parliament is your representative and wants to hear about your concerns. Let your member know that you are unhappy with this policy.
Not sure who to contact?Â Find your local member’s contact information.
Contact your ISP.
Your Internet Service Provider is probably just as worried about this policy as you are, but letting them know your concerns will help in their own efforts.
Not sure how to contact your ISP?Â This listÂ may help.
Sign the petition.
Although a petition signature is no substitute for personal contact, every bit helps.Â Sign the petition here.