The ALP plan to censor the internet

March 21, 2006 — 6 Comments

And I thought the Federal Liberal Government was bad on the censorship front:

The Federal Opposition has outlined a plan to block Internet pornography reaching home computers.

Opposition Leader Kim Beazley says a Labor government would introduce laws requiring Internet service providers to offer a “clean feed” without pornographic and violent sites.

Mr Beazley says Australian parents do not want their children to be exposed to such material.

“Block it at the point of the provider as opposed to the point of the parent and if that particular household wants to opt into the pornographic sites then they make an active decision to do so,” he said.

“Parents want their kids learning on the net, not exposed to pornography and violence.

“The reality is … only about a third of the parents put some sort of blocker in relation to the sites on their home computers, it’s too hard for most of them but if you did it at the level of the provider, probably very few people would opt in.”

Oh yeah, and completely f*ck Australian internet busniesses while you’re at it Kim, because we already have some of the highest internet charges in the world, and impossing this sort of restriction on ISP’s will only see the cost get higher. Even the Howard Government knew it was technically near on impossible and cost prohibitive to impose this sort of censorship.