Has the Government shelved the net filter too?
The more the Prime Minister breaks his policy promises, the more Senator Conroy hides his policy homework.
For more than 2 months Senator Conroy has sat on the taxpayer-funded Implementation Study into the National Broadband Network. And he’s refusing to show how he will implement another promise: mandatory internet filtering.
This week, The Australian reported the Minister’s so-called ‘clean feed’ legislation won’t be introduced before Parliament’s spring sitting. Another Labor government “own-goal” and a vote of ‘no-confidence’ in its own policy promises.
Public scrutiny of the filter has grown, with strong criticism by Reporters without Borders and disparaging comments on national TV by the US Ambassador to Australia, Jeff Bleich.
The Minister’s delay is no spirited defence. Worse, it shows no courage, no conviction. Labor knows its policy is flawed. It’s taken the Minister two years to produce his plan and release results of filtering trials. He knows it’s too complex and won’t work.
This week’s announcement suggests no different. The Coalition still isn’t convinced that mandatory filtering can be effective and the Minister’s hidden homework isn’t helping.
Perhaps the Minister knows his take on internet filtering won’t deliver what he promised. Perhaps the delay seeks to save Ministerial face until the federal election.
Whichever, Minister Conroy has failed to fill the gap left by his scrapping of the Coalition’s free opt-in filtering software and failed Mums and Dads in the process.
If Minister Conroy believed in his policy he’d have the courage to back his conviction and submit his internet filtering homework for public scrutiny.
Minister Conroy’s courage, conviction, and internet filtering homework are conspicuous in their absence.
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