KRudd's Internet Filter Will Put Australia in the Same League As China

US concerned by Australian Internet filter plan

Call me Con, for Conroy!  And don’t worry, you still got cricket!

By ROD McGUIRK /Associated Press Writer

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The United States has raised concerns with Australia about the impact of a proposed Internet filter that would place restrictions on Web content, an official said Monday.

The concerns of Australia’s most important security ally further undermine plans that would make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among the world’s democracies.

“Our main message of course is that we remain committed to advancing the free flow of information which we view as vital to economic prosperity and preserving open societies globally,” a U.S. State Department spokesman Michael Tran told The Associated Press by telephone from Washington.

Tran declined to say when or at what level the U.S. State Department raised its concerns with Australia and declined to detail those concerns.

“We don’t discuss the details of specific diplomatic exchanges, but I can say that in the context of that ongoing relationship, we have raised our concerns on this matter with Australian officials,” he added.

Internet giants Google and Yahoo have condemned the proposal as a heavy-handed measure that could restrict access to legal information.

The plan needs the support of Parliament to become law later this year.

Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says the filter would block access to sites that include child pornography, sexual violence and detailed instructions in crime or drug use. The list of banned sites could be constantly updated based on public complaints. If adopted into law, the screening system would make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among the world’s democracies.

Conroy declined to comment on the U.S. concerns.

“The Australian and U.S. governments liaise regularly on a broad range of issues. It would be inappropriate to discuss the details of these consultations,” said his spokeswoman, Suzie Brady.

Some critics of Australia’s filter have said it puts the nation in the same censorship league as China.

5 thoughts on “KRudd's Internet Filter Will Put Australia in the Same League As China”

  1. KRudd is to busy eating his own ear wax next will be a burnt stick in each eye the main concern is the filter will / may ban the Sheik’s site along with Atlas and Jihad watch etc not the mo sites, ever got to spread the death and JIHAD raming it down you throat or what the hell just chop your head off you are only a infidel no virgins for you, lucky us we will not see Mo’s virgins
    D Crane D Crane….

  2. Stephanie
    Yes you are correct is it only time , the armies of Mo are gathering the left are in control , are we the few the survivors is it I am Legend Time Mo’s control cannot run a bath 55 failed countries or states are the evidence not to mention the prick in the big plane with the throne is it what Obama dreams of Air Force One with a big fat throne like the king of Saudi Aradia or so called prince’s who can kiss my boot the Fat (you know what I going to say here ) Kuck oh do not forget to bow he is a king or just kick in the balls.
    D Crane D Crane…

  3. Conroy is a dickhead and so is Krudd. Let us hope and pray that the majority of Australians will realize this at the next elections. Another term of Krudd and gang will have us well and truly down the gurgler.
    Unfortunately Labour can count on the donkey vote.

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