Anyone who thought we might have cut a break when Gillard took control of the country - and Labor Party - against the Rudd Govt's plan to introduce a net filter needs to think again. Gillard has stated that she is happy with the policy, though acknowledges concerns over its implementation.
"I understand that there's a set of concerns," she said (via ABC News
). "Technical concerns about internet speed, and also concerns that this somehow [moves] into taking away legitimate use of the internet - it's not my intention that we in any way jeopardise legitimate use of the internet."
The government has faced strong opposition on the proposal, which would put Australia in line with stringent countries like China. Google, Yahoo and various other organisations have spoken directly to the government regarding their concerns, while an independent body, the EFA
(Electronic Frontiers Australia) are constantly going in to bat against the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, who is the proposal's evangelist.
I wonder if we'll at all see a change to the R18+ debate?