Monday, April 17, 2006

Australian Government Chases Porn PC Ban

Canberra, AU -- Pressure is mounting on the Federal Government to force Australian internet service providers to outlaw all pornographic websites. Federal Labor joined calls from fledgling political party Family First for a crack down on internet content into Australian homes.

Family First senator Steve Fielding yesterday revealed he had been in negotiations for months with Prime Minister John Howard over measures to block internet porn. However, Senator Fielding said he was dismayed at the time it was taking to convince the Government to do something about websites many people deplored.

"If the Government was serious about protecting children, they would move on this issue," he said. Senator Fielding said a Government report last year had established that mandatory filtering of the internet would cost $45 million to set up and $33 million to run. Under Family First's plan, internet porn would be blocked by Australia's most commonly used internet service providers. This would also effectively block smaller service providers that buy their access through major providers, such as Telstra, on a wholesale basis.

The push for crack down on internet pornography comes after previous attempts appear to have failed. In 2002, the Australian Broad casting Authority issued an edict t for internet service providers to offer consumers cost-price software filters. However, many filters are ineffective, remain expensive and most households have not adopted the technology.

Opposition Leader Kim Beazly yesterday said poor computer literacy meant almost two thirds of parents didn't have internet filter on their PCs. "Government can and should do more to stop extreme internet content from getting into Australian homes and being accessed by kids," he said. Under Labour plan, all internet service providers would be forced to offer a"clean feed" service to households, schools and other public internet points accessible by children.

He said adults who still wanted to view legal porn content could opt out of the system. However, Communications Minister Helen Coonan said PC based filters remained the best way to police downloads on home computers. She said forcing service providers to filter porn would slow the internet for all users.

The Courier Mail

Dear Australian Government,

FIRST YOU ARE GOING TO CENSOR PORN, AND THAN SOMETHING ELSE. SEX AND SEXUALTIY WAS ALWAYS FIRST THING THAT GOVERNING BODY IS TRYING TO CONTROL - BE IT CHURCH, BE IT COMMUNIST PARTY, OR "DEMOCRATIC" GOVERNMENT.

WHY DON'T YOU SETUP NATION-WIDE "FAMILY FRIENDLY" ISP? ALL THOSE PURISTS AND PARENTS WORRIED ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN CAN GO AND SUSCRUBE TO THAT ISP - THATS VERY EASY AND SIMPLE SOULUTION.

LET ME SEE FOR HOW LONG IS YOUR BUSINESS VENTURE GOING TO LAST. I BET YOU KNOW THE ANSWER AND THATS WHY YOU ARE TYRING TO BAN PORN ON ALL ISP'S.

YOU SEE PORN AS MAYOR THREAT TO OUR KIDS? I DON'T. I THINK THAT PARENTS WHO ARE WORKING TWO JOBS OR 10 HOURS A DAY IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THEIR KIDS AND THEREFORE DON'T HAVE TIME TO GIVE THEM ATTENTION AND LOVE THEY DESERVE ARE MUCH BIGGER THREAT TO OUR YOUTH.

THEY EARN SHIT MONEY WHILE WORKING SHITY HOURS, THEY ARE NOT HAPPY, THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO RAISE AND CONTROL THEIR KIDS WHO ARE GROWING UP ON THEIR OWN.

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