20th September, 2007

Living in a third world country

Filed under: politics — admin @ 5:23 pm

The government of Australia today introduced a bill into the parliament giving the commissioner of the Australian Federal Police the power to censor the internet.

Did I miss a memo, is it 1984 or something? This sort of thing should not be allowed in what is supposed to be a civilised country. I shall be writing to my MP for all of the good that will do.

Details of the bill are here. The press release from the Australian Privacy Foundation explaining why this is a monumentally bad idea can be found here.

Update: I should mention that this has all the hallmarks of a slimy underhand trick by the government. Parliament is likely to be in its last week before an election is called and my suspicion is that they are slipping this bill in at the last minute and hoping that no one notices before it is passed as law. The good news is that the media has picked up on it already.

10 Comments

  1. Hey, they are expanding the existing provisions that cover pornography on the internet to crime (eg phishing sites, malware….) and terrorism. Now if they COULD block phishing sites, I’d be in favour of it. But given that the current laws haven’t exactly dried up the flow of internet porn, I think this is just King Canute stuff. We’ll pass the laws, boast about it in the election campaign, but don’t expect it to actually achieve anything

    Comment by Gary — 21/09/2007 @ 9:04 am

  2. Hey, they are expanding the existing provisions that cover pornography on the internet to crime (eg phishing sites, malware….) and terrorism. Now if they COULD block phishing sites, I’d be in favour of it. But given that the current laws haven’t exactly dried up the flow of internet porn, I think this is just King Canute stuff. We’ll pass the laws, boast about it in the election campaign, but don’t expect it to actually achieve anything

    Comment by Gary — 21/09/2007 @ 9:04 am

  3. And then, like many other laws, start to use it for purposes that weren’t implicitly considered when the legislation was passed. After all, if the AFP can arrest, imprison and deport a doctor for having the wrong relatives who knows what they can find on the internet to ban.

    Comment by Andy Todd — 21/09/2007 @ 9:20 am

  4. And then, like many other laws, start to use it for purposes that weren’t implicitly considered when the legislation was passed. After all, if the AFP can arrest, imprison and deport a doctor for having the wrong relatives who knows what they can find on the internet to ban.

    Comment by Andy Todd — 21/09/2007 @ 9:20 am

  5. I swear, it’s almost as if they time this stuff so I remember to pay my EFA membership ;)

    Comment by Richard — 21/09/2007 @ 3:08 pm

  6. I swear, it’s almost as if they time this stuff so I remember to pay my EFA membership ;)

    Comment by Richard — 21/09/2007 @ 3:08 pm

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