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Liberals make it clear they're against mandatory internet filtering

Plans to scrap Labour's filter policy if they get in

By: Steve Dougherty from Aug 6, 2010 @ 3:16 CDT

Many of you will be very pleased to hear that the Coalition has announced that it in no way supports the implementation of a mandatory internet filter in Australia and providing it wins the election on August 21, will most certainly scrap it.


During a conversation with ABC Radiop's Triple J, Joe Hockey said "We believe the internet filter would not work. We believe it's a flawed policy. It's not going to capture a whole lot of images and chatter that we all find offence (sic) that is going through email. The ISP-based filter system does not work."

In being opposed to the internet filter, the Abbott government's onus would be placed on parents to monitor their children's internet usage. "We will implement practical and effective measures to enhance online safety and security including PC-based filters for families" said Mr. Hockey.

Of course, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's office was quick to say that Labour plans to push ahead with plans to bring in the filter.


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