Internet Filter

The cyber world celebrated last week following the Labor Government’s supposed ‘back-down’ on its mandatory internet filter proposal. Instead of imposing its own ‘clean feed’, the Government has begun issuing notices to require ISPs to filter a more limited Interpol ‘worst of the worst’ list. However, this change leaves a lot to be worried about.

She won't be any saferPic: Daily Telegraph

We should be worried that the Government is using an obscure section of the Telecommunications Act - originally passed by parliament in 1997, ten years before Labor first took the policy to an election - to avoid legislative scrutiny.

We should be worried that the Government is still forcing ISPs to block a list of web address, with the major change pertaining to who writes the list.

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  • Utopia Boy says:

    06:51pm | 12/11/12

    “Parents’ closely monitoring their children’s activity remains the only effective way to ensure kids are protected online.” That’s all that’s needed to be said about children. The quality of the parents then becomes a key issue, and about time. As for the P2P and dodging the filter, as described in… Read more »

  • Daemon says:

    05:53pm | 12/11/12

    @PH Already happening in fact, as we are fast running out of IPV 4 addresses. As an IT person I am looking forward to it, and the issue of an IP address for every square inch of the Earth’s surface just makes it more interesting. There is a school of… Read more »


Senator Stephen Conroy’s decision to can a comprehensive internet filter for Australia is a win for common sense, for three reasons.

The government won't be needing this high tech device anymore

The first is that with or without a filter, the depraved goons who like to view horrid material can get their hands on it. The same technology that has forced broadcasters into fast-tracking television shows before impatient viewers download them illegally can be used among small groups of people. Files shared in this way won’t have obvious and easily-filterable names and are extremely hard to detect.

That means a national filter as a mechanism to stop distribution of child pornography was never going to stop hard cases.

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  • Gerard says:

    06:06pm | 09/11/12

    “the mere fact you needed to impose a generic filter in the first place is a worrying sign” Completely agree. Any party which holds the right to freedom of speech in such contempt as to even consider this policy is a party which should be prevented from holding any power… Read more »

  • Gerard says:

    05:51pm | 09/11/12

    Amazing. That ANYONE would actually believe this announcement is staggering. Here’s the critical line in the article: “Conroy’s decision to use Interpol’s list of child abuse sites as the basis for a limited filter” So they are going to set up a filter. Officially to block child porn. Until they… Read more »


You may be surprised to learn that I’m in favour of an internet filter.

If a filter bars this kind of crap, then gimme gimme gimme

I know what you’re thinking. I’m a pretty wild kind of guy - I don’t always tuck my shirt in, cross one-way streets without looking both ways and occasionally don’t bother pre-heating the oven.

But despite my roguish charm, frequent viewings of Black Hawk Down and awkward attempts at skateboarding, I just can’t bring myself to support internet freedoms.

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  • James says:

    08:47pm | 27/05/11

    Well said on all counts sir. Read more »

  • St. Michael says:

    12:41pm | 27/05/11

    @ RyaN: I’m not denying Google is bad, just saying that Gates is badder. :D Read more »


The more the Prime Minister breaks his policy promises, the more Senator Conroy hides his policy homework.

Illustration: The Herald Sun's Mark Knight

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.

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  • Peter says:

    06:04pm | 06/05/10

    What I find amazing is that Labor refuses to permanently back away from its filter policy despite its apparent unpopularity,  yet Rudd has needed to intruduce new very unpopular taxes to plug his revenue gaps. If he simply scrapped his filter policy, millions could be diverted into his other programs… Read more »

  • Rant, Rot and Ruin says:

    12:03pm | 06/05/10

    persephone, if you’re not upset by your government spending 44 million dollars on a national child sexual abuse cover-up machine, what DOES upset you? Although apparently it’s been downgraded to 28 million dollars. Maybe that’s a better deal? Read more »


Spend a little time reading the rabid, sometimes psychotic, responses to Stephen Conroy’s piece yesterday about the proposed internet filter and you’d be forgiven for thinking the Rudd Government is about to become a one-term wonder or Australia is about to turn into a society about as free as the Third Reich.

I'd like to accept this award from my harshest critics

The hundreds of comments on the minister’s piece contain a mass of vitriolic, hysterical rage and delusional warnings that the plan could cost Labor power. There were personal attacks on the minister and even a hint at a death threat. “I feel like I’m living in Germany circa 1936,” wrote one contributor. “OK, Conroy, as a Catholic, it is you who believes in myths. You have a rubbish Economics degree and you weren’t born here. Go away,” said another, constructively.

What the debate almost entirely failed to reflect was the overwhelming popularity of Conroy’s plan with the general public. A recent poll put support for mandatory government filtering of child abuse material at 80 per cent. That’s a staggeringly high approval rating for any policy that does not involve handing out wads of free money.

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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 hear or read (Top Ten Internet Filter Lies, 25 March 2010).

Unfortunately her article repeated some of the misinformation and I’d like to outline the facts.

The Government has always maintained there is no silver bullet when it comes to cyber safety and we have never said ISP-level filtering alone would help fight child pornography or keep children safe online.

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  • LC says:

    12:34pm | 20/02/11

    The Greens oppose mandatory internet filtering, seeing as that is what dear Mr. CONroy is proposing, yes, they do oppose it. The Liberals are the only ones who haven’t said a peep on the issue. A shame really, if they made a bigger deal of it, they could have received… Read more »

  • LC says:

    11:07am | 20/02/11

    A correction Harquebus, IPv6 will make end-to-end encryption easier, but it will not be required for it’s use. Read more »


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