If you get to this here blog in the traditional way (i.e. not with Google Reader), you would have noticed a popup protest about the Australian Government’s planned censorship of our internet:

The idea that MY internet connection could be filtered by “my” Government is nothing short of ridiculous.

Yes, there are horrible things on the internet. But “my” Government has no right to tell me what I can have access to.

A beautiful friend of mine has been battling Crohn’s disease for as long as I can remember. She finds it difficult to deal with the reality of her disease—the hospitalisation, the treatments (she’s even had chemo to try to cure this). She’s fighting to have a healthy life, something that I take for granted. She seeks solace in online Crohn’s support forums—places where she can connect with other Crohn’s sufferers; where they share their journeys and give each other strength.

Under a 2009 trial of the internet filter with certain Australian ISPs, this Crohn’s support forum was blocked. I can’t tell you how heartbreaking it was to hear that something so important to MY friend was going to be denied to her by “my” Government’s internet filter.

Tell me, how is a web site like this a risk to children? Children can get Crohn’s too, you know.

The filter won’t stop cyber-bullying. It won’t stop all child pornography. The list of banned sites will not be publicly available or open to review.

All throughout this post, I’ve referred to the current Australian Government as “my” Government.

Why?

Because:

  • Regardless of the fact that I am a moderate leftie
  • Regardless of the fact that I danced like a crazy lady when Howard was voted out
  • Regardless of the fact that I had big hopes for K-Rudd during his election campaign, when I voted for him and when he won
  • Regardless of the fact that my grandfather was Assistant General Secretary of the New South Wales  Labor Party and DLP Senator for NSW (and I’m proud of my Pop’s political history, rest his soul)
  • If the internet filter becomes one of K-Rudd’s next election promises, you can be sure as shit that I’ll be voting the other way

The filter is just plain wrong.

If you want to find out more, visit The Great Australian Internet Blackout. Their ability to articulate the point of being anti-censorship is far more eloquent than I could ever be.

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5 thoughts on “Why I’m against Australia’s planned interwebs censorship

  1. Thanks hun, you articulate it better than I can.

    Posted on 26 January 2010 at 6:45 pm
  2. Totally agree.
    The annoying part is, it looks like they’re planning to leave it off the agenda for the next election — I really, really hope that Abbott is smart enough to make it an issue.

    As much as I dislike Abbott, this needs to be A BIG ISSUE at the next election, or it’ll just happen once Labor is re-elected.

    I should also point out that I think voting for Abbott would be a massive step backwards for this country, but but K-Rudd isn’t giving us much choice!
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..FebuSave, job hunting and Australia Day. =-.

    Posted on 26 January 2010 at 6:56 pm
  3. i’m so with you. something like this being implimented here would totally swing me to vote against whoever was introducing it, regardless of almost any other political opinions.

    Posted on 26 January 2010 at 8:28 pm
  4. I had no idea this was even happening. Censoring the internet – are we in China??

    Posted on 27 January 2010 at 3:42 pm
  5. Mrs T, isn’t it insane?? I can’t comprehend that it’s even gotten this far into the planning process

    Harriet, I’m trying to imagine this happening in the UK and there’s NO WAY they’d get away with it

    Liz, I’m totally with you. I dislike Abbott SO much, but he better nut up on this one

    and Fiona, really? :blush: thank you :))

    Posted on 27 January 2010 at 8:29 pm