Be afraid, be very afraid!

You voted for Socialism, you wanted ‘change’: what did you expect?

Oh yes…it always starts out with some drivel about “protecting the children.” But it’s never really about the children, and it’s never really about pornography, either. It’s always about preventing the voters and taxpayers from learning too much about about what is actually going on in their own country and in the rest of the world.

Trouble is, miscreants will misreport legitimate political news and opinion blogs as being porn, in order to stifle freedom of expression via the web filter.


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Australia Joins China In Censoring The Internet

The Australian Government has announced that they will be joining China as one of the few countries globally that broadly censor the internet.

The Labor Party’s policy was announced prior to the Australian Election in November (release here) and was justified on the basis that the previous Government’s policy of providing free copies of NetNanny to all Australian households who wanted it didn’t adequately protect children.

As recently as the week prior to the election, Labor Party candidates were telling those concernedabout the proposed law that the censorship wouldn’t be compulsory, and that the “clean feed” would be opt-in, not opt-out. Today’s announcement by Telecommunications Minister Stephen Conroy states that the censorship regime will be mandatory, although people will be able to opt-out of it. The problem of course then becomes if you opt-out questions will be asked as to why you want out, which in itself may lead to Government monitoring.

To be censored by the Australian Government is “pornography and inappropriate material.” X rated pornography is illegal online in Australia, as are casino style internet gambling, certain forms of “hate” speech and R rated computer games. BitTorrent would be a possibility, even if certain downloads for personal use may be legal under Australian law, sharing those downloads would not be. How far “inappropriate material” may extend was not made clear, for example questioning Government policy where it comes to Aboriginal people could be deemed to be discrimination under Australian law and hence blocked by the censorship regime. Worst still, bloggers or those (such as forum owners) who allow users to comment or post could find themselves blocked under this proposal should someone say or post the wrong thing. If there is one certainty in any country that implements broadscale censorship, once they start blocking content it doesn’t stop, and certainly every do-gooder group and special interest lobbyist will be wanting the Government to add to the list.

An Orwellian nightmare in the making.

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

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5 thoughts on “Be afraid, be very afraid!”

  1. Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will be charged with deciding which sites will be “filtered”.

    Stuff on ACMA / internet regulation is at

    The stuff the Govt wants to filter – child porn, excessive violence, etc, is already -prohibited- so why not simply -prosecute- the lawbreakers who run the child porn sites (etc), instead of forcing ISPs to -filter it out- ?

    “Law enforcement” is increasingly being devolved from the police and imposed onto pubs, clubs, ISPs, shopping malls, schools, doctors etc … and the result is a mass-surveillance society. I can’t see ACMA stopping at simply filtering; it is not a big step to content regulation, where ISPs, media outlets, bloggers … are required to submit their sites for classification and licencing … for a fee, which should price out the Sheik Yermamis, and leave the Murdochs and Fairfaxs unaffected, as they will be able to monopolise “content” and sell it. The big end of town will not suffer. Sounds like a conspiracy? Probably. 🙂

  2. Incidentally, “ACMA is responsible for enforcing the Spam Act and actively works to fight spam in Australia” (from their site).

    I wonder how many spammers they have prosecuted in the 4 years of the Spam Act?

  3. Sure seems like everytime lefties gain control of government they are quick to extend such control all over people’s lives. And people must accept it as being for their own good. If Australia follows China’s lead on this it’ll be yet another example of following the wrong crowd, whether it’s a leftist one or a Koranist one. Perhaps Islamofascism should be renamed Islamocommunism.

  4. Didn’t Australians just vote in a LIBERAL leader?????? Just like in Europe the Aussies will find their freedoms will soon be diappearing – like in Europe – and all new laws will be geared towards the multiculturalism claptrap that is devasting Western cultures and facilitating the rapid Islamization of Europe and inflicting dhimmitude on all Europeans.

    When will people ever wake up to the REALITY that leftees are far worse than conservatives when it comes to clubbing and eliminating conversation/writing/blogging etc etc (free speech) that doesn’t succumb to the leftees disease of political correctness?

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