Seinfeld's famous Soup Nazi character seems to have caused an echo in the Australian Federal Government; we now hear that the Internet Filter legislation is unlikely to be tabled until after the next election.
on 04/29/2010 – Made popular on 04/29/2010
Internet service providers who implement the Federal Government’s voluntary filter stand to lose Australian broadband customers in droves according to a new survey. In fact, according to the newly released figures, signing up to the filter could be a business shattering choice.
Faced with mounting opposition by voters over the Internet censorship legislation, the Federal government has upped the ante, proposing to mandate that all ISPs record our browsing history and store it. This move presupposes that everyone’s online actions need to retained “just in case” it’s needed in a criminal investigation.
There is nothing the Government said in its announced review of the Refused Classification category of the National Classification Scheme that makes its plan for a mandatory ISP level internet filter any less likely, should it win the election.
The Federal Government remained "absolutely committed" to introducing an internet filter and people should not confuse the just-announced review of the classification system as a policy back down, the Government's Senate leader has told ABC television.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has denied the Government plan to introduce internet filtering legislation was a waste of time or money, despite not having the numbers in the Senate to get it passed.
The United States, the land of the free and the brave, and defender of the Internet, has “raised concerns” over Australia’s proposed Internet filter with Australian officials, according to a news report.
Any hope that a returned Gillard Labor Government will implement mandatory ISP-level internet filtering has further diminished with the Greens rejecting the proposal as part of its cyber safety election policy