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    Australia joins the list of totalitarian countries....


    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/isp-filtering-plan-to-go-ahead/story-e6frgakx-1225810665832

    The gov't of Australia has finally got it through. A group of bureaucrats can now add any site to a list and stop Aussies being able to view it.

    How would a foreign business even know it has been put on the list? What happens if the domain is then sold to a legitimate business? What criteria are now being used to decide? What criteria will the gov’t add in the future? These are just some of the open questions regarding this ridiculous new law…

    These things are always started off as ‘stop kiddie porn’ or ‘stop terrorism’ but end up being ‘stop people saying and doing what we do not want them saying and doing’…..

    I cannot believe that Australians just sit back and allow their rights and freedoms to be eroded one at a time. Every time I go back to Aus’ someone is telling me a new law about something I cannot do that I used to be able to do.

    I live in Hong Kong. A dictatorship… But I have more freedom to do and say what I like here then I do in Australia.

    And now hidden internet censorship enforced on 100% of people that will not stop anything much except internet speed and freedom of information.

    Why can’t the government simply enforce the laws they already have to stop criminals. Why do they need to keep coming up with new ones that just hurt everyone.

    As an Aussie I see this as a sad day for Australia and Australians freedom…

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    Laws are supposed to be voted for by the public aren't they? I don't think it's good that a bunch of government officials are allowed to think them up without any public intervention.

    Surely there is a petition or something?
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    Originally Posted by seogoat
    Laws are supposed to be voted for by the public aren't they? I don't think it's good that a bunch of government officials are allowed to think them up without any public intervention.

    Surely there is a petition or something?
    The gov't just used fear and accusation to push it threw. ie "If you have got nothing to hide you have nothing to fear. If you object you must be a pedophile or terrorist"...

    I think Australians have just come to accept the nanny state and the gov't continuing to regulate their everyday lives. It is really sad.

    They are doing heaps of stuff like this. They been outlawing bikies, stopping you from drinking alchol almost anywhere, talking about making drink driving laws 0 blood alcohol level for everone, Intrudcuing random drug test for drivers, outlawing the use of glass in nite clubs, talking about raising the drinking age, taxing canned mixed drinks, banning smoking almost everywhere (You are not even alowed to smoke in your own car if you have a child in it) etc etc etc... The list goes on. The govt just wants you stay home or go shopping they do not want you to have fun.

    This law though is one of the worst. The long term reprocussions for the country could be vast.


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    Sounds like a pretty good law to me, anyone who is against it must be into child pornography etc themself

    illegal material such as child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence and the detailed instruction of crime or drug use.
    I am from Australia and live in Thailand. Thailand is alot stricter particularly on thai adult movies, you can go to jail for a very long time here for being involved on anything of that nature.

    Australia law is still very lenient just like the US. But yet look how much better our crime rate is then most other countries in the world
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    Originally Posted by gazzahk
    The gov't just used fear and accusation to push it threw. ie "If you have got nothing to hide you have nothing to fear. If you object you must be a pedophile or terrorist"...

    I think Australians have just come to accept the nanny state and the gov't continuing to regulate their everyday lives. It is really sad.

    They are doing heaps of stuff like this. They been outlawing bikies, stopping you from drinking alchol almost anywhere, talking about making drink driving laws 0 blood alcohol level for everone, Intrudcuing random drug test for drivers, outlawing the use of glass in nite clubs, talking about raising the drinking age, taxing canned mixed drinks, banning smoking almost everywhere (You are not even alowed to smoke in your own car if you have a child in it) etc etc etc... The list goes on. The govt just wants you stay home or go shopping they do not want you to have fun.

    This law though is one of the worst. The long term reprocussions for the country could be vast.


    Australia used to be called the lucky country --- Not any longer...
    I agree that this new filter is absurd but gheez.....the stuff about the bikies war and gangs being outlawed(21 shot in 21 days), raising drinking age from 18-21, no smoking if an Under 16yr old is in the car.....Tell the full details of the laws, not a shortened version.

    Most people consider this a good move Before you ask, I drink and I smoke
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    geez....I'm squirming on this as a father and grandfather....but censorship of ANY kind always to me, points toward a slippery slope....

    guess I'm just glad I'm not in .au!!! and of course, there's always a way to use proxies to defeat this initiative....but gosh, really???



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    This just in, the youth (under 30) in all developed countries don't vote or care to connect into politics because it's stupid.

    Those over 30 might care a bit but in reality it's harder to riot / protest than it is to sit at home and watch tv.

    Doesn't surprise me in the least. It's about time a good old fashion paradigm shift happened across the globe..... let's pick a topic..... how about slavery? I digress....

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    They are doing heaps of stuff like this. They been outlawing bikies, stopping you from drinking alchol almost anywhere, talking about making drink driving laws 0 blood alcohol level for everone, Intrudcuing random drug test for drivers, outlawing the use of glass in nite clubs, talking about raising the drinking age, taxing canned mixed drinks, banning smoking almost everywhere (You are not even alowed to smoke in your own car if you have a child in it) etc etc etc... The list goes on. The govt just wants you stay home or go shopping they do not want you to have fun.
    Really? That’s impressive then, I mean 0 blood alcohol level when driving, raising drinking age, no smoking if you’ve got a child in your car and all that, these are all pretty good laws. I don’t see why anybody will object to the ban on use of glass in night clubs or smoking at public places.

    Talking about the recent restrictions upon some of the websites containing “child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence and the detailed instruction of crime or drug use”, this crap is for real and must be a cause of concern for parents. However, the banning process and criteria must be as transparent as it can get.

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