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Australian Government May Shelve Internet Filter 143

RobHart writes "It is reported that the proposed filters are seen as too toxic a policy to take to the next federal election — due later this year. This is according to a spokesman for the Greens party. A Labor senator has called for the filter to be opt-in."
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Australian Government May Shelve Internet Filter

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  • Obvious (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Kell Bengal ( 711123 ) on Friday June 18, 2010 @11:10AM (#32613294)
    It's pretty obvious that the whole internet filter plan was an appeasement move to secure support for some of the more batty parts of the politicum. Now that it's passed its use-by date, I think we'll see it tiredly retired after "public consultation" and "thorough analysis". To be honest, I think we'd have seen exactly the same thing under the Liberals.
  • Re:Sigh. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by BakaHoushi ( 786009 ) <Goss DOT Sean AT gmail DOT com> on Friday June 18, 2010 @11:36AM (#32613586) Homepage

    That, my friend, is the nature of political parties anywhere. "We want all of the benefits, but none of the drawbacks."

    These people want to have full access to the Internet but don't want to have to come across things that they don't like or things they disagree with or have to monitor their children's surfing habits.

  • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) * on Friday June 18, 2010 @01:15PM (#32615050) Homepage Journal

    Speak for yourself, kid, I was 45 before I had internet access. But I will agree that the only thing I don't like about your generation is tattoos and piercings, especially on women. A Tattoo on a woman is like marking up the Mona Lisa with a magic marker. And piercings, why do you want to mutilate yourselves like that?

    Although from what my dad says, tattoos were popular with women back in the 1920s; I had great aunts with tattoos.

  • Not again, Slashdot (Score:3, Interesting)

    by coljac ( 154587 ) on Friday June 18, 2010 @07:30PM (#32620670) Homepage

    This is at least the third time /. have run a story saying the filter is dead. Here's the definitive word: There aren't enough sitting days left to get the legislation introduced before the election. So they will introduce it after the election, assuming they win. They have said repeatedly it's still policy, so the election is merely a temporary reprieve. This battle is far from over.

    - Colin (from Electronic Frontiers Australia)

God help those who do not help themselves. -- Wilson Mizner