Liberal-National Coalition will implement mandatory opt-out internet filter if elected (Updated)

Tony Abbott

By on September 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm

UPDATE (9:23 PM EST): Malcolm Turnbull has issued a statement claiming that the Liberal-National Coalition accidentally released the wrong policy document online earlier today.

The policy which was issued today by was poorly worded and incorrectly indicated that the Coalition supported an “opt out” system of internet filtering for both mobile and fixed line services. That is not our policy and never has been.

The correct position is that the Coalition will encourage mobile phone and internet service providers to make available software which parents can choose to install on their own devices to protect their children from inappropriate material.

ORIGINAL STORY: In a $10 million online safety policy document published today by the Liberal Party, it’s been revealed that a Liberal-National Coalition government would implement a mandatory internet filter on adult content with all ISPs and mobile service providers.

The filter, which would be ‘on’ by default and which users would be forced to manually opt out of, is similar (if not identical) to that recently proposed in the UK. According to the policy document (which you can view here as a PDF), it aims to “empower parents” by “giving them the choice of whether or not to operate a filter at home, [and] by establishing the default setting as one which provides maximum protection”.

The Coalition document does not detail whether or not it has received any support from, or consulted with, major ISPs.

A similar proposal from the Labor Party was abandoned back in November of 2012 after strong opposition from ISPs and lobby groups.

The policy announcement comes less then 48 hours before the election, during the blackout period under which it is illegal to air political advertisements.

Source: ZDNet

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ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!!!

 

Is there anything that the libs won’t destroy if they get in?

 

I’m honestly fine with it if it’s relatively painless to opt out of.

 

scared:
Is there anything that the libs won’t destroy when they get in?

Fixed that for you.

 

hobomaster,

Knowing the LNP, you won’t be able to completely opt out anyway.

 
DeceitfulPhoenix

Well, we’re boned

 

lol.

 

The sad thing is.. everyone will still vote Liberal.

The media built him up to hero status after the whole Gillard-Rudd bloodbath but once Abbott started revealing his plans they started publishing articles such as: “If Abbott wins, you lose” and it’s true WE WILL LOSE!

I still have trouble seeing what Labor did so wrong during the past few years, sure their leadership changing was pretty pathetic but it is nothing compared to what hell this country will go through if Liberal wins.

I really hope that this “mandatory” filter is easy to opt out of, I have nothing to hide but I’m firmly against being told what I can and can’t do.

 

hobomaster:
I’m honestly fine with it if it’s relatively painless to opt out of.

If it was opt-in, I wouldn’t have a problem with it (assuming it doesn’t cripple all the non-filtered connections as well).

On the basis that you can opt out, it probably shouldn’t be classed as mandatory. A pain the ass and a waste of time and money to develop, but not mandatory.

 

The liberals are riding on the fact that our economy is supposedly in shambles, when realistically every other country is jealous of how strong our economy is right now. Thing is, no one realises that, because they hear ‘debt’ and run screaming.

 

my stock standard response for this is “I’m Out”

*finds gun*

 

Or parents could be allowed to….you know… take some responsibility for their kids and sort out their own solution. Just like they do with everything else…

Considering the Howard era solution of providing software was a complete and utter flop (from memory it cost something like 20k per family that actually used the software), I’d love to hear the rationale behind this latest waste of tax payers money.

 

somexspec:
I really hope that this “mandatory” filter is easy to opt out of, I have nothing to hide but I’m firmly against being told what I can and can’t do.

How do you feel about being put on a list of potential sex perverts and deviants? Sorry… a list of people who have chosen to “opt out”.

 

whup
On the basis that you can opt out, it probably shouldn’t be classed as mandatory.A pain the ass and a waste of time and money to develop, but not mandatory.

Of course it’s mandatory. It’s mandatory in the sense that you have to tell the government that you want the option of looking at porn, and if you don’t you can’t look at it. Which is creepy police state crap.

 

It sounds like this policy was more so discovered than announced. Less than 48 hours from the election this should be outright illegal. It’s just downright deceptive as you know they’d have lost a ton of votes from this so they kept it quite and a ton of people aren’t going to know about this when they go to vote.

If it was opt-in then yeah ok but it’s not. Who’s not to say you’ll get internally flagged if you opt-out?

 

hobomaster:
The liberals are riding on the fact that our economy is supposedly in shambles, when realistically every other country is jealous of how strong our economy is right now. Thing is, no one realises that, because they hear ‘debt’ and run screaming.

^so much this

I am not fine with any kind of non optional filter th, the filter should be opt in not opt out.

somexspec: I really hope that this “mandatory” filter is easy to opt out of, I have nothing to hide but I’m firmly against being told what I can and can’t do.

I just don’t like paying for a gimped internet connection.

 

God damnit, or, THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS.

 

somexspec,

Why is that a sad thing? If Liberal are implementing something like this, what have Labor done to make people vote Liberal? Oh right, they’re utterly terrible at everything. I remember. Who is our Prime Minister again? Maybe they should stop switching figure heads and bickering between each other to actually do something constructive for the country. I’m prepared to vote for Liberal which will almost certainly result in Australia still having rubbish internet and now rubbish, filtered internet if it means our economy stays strong. As it is, companies are closing their doors and workers are losing their jobs. You reckon that’s going to be worse if Abbot gets in? Abbot pretty much stands for everything I’m against, but he’s still the better choice. That’s what is sad. I’d honestly rather vote for neither of them, but one of them will be Prime Minister and you may as well vote for the slightly less terrible one that is less likely the fuck up the country.

hobomaster,
Why is it in shambles? Oh right, Labor have been in government for a while now. That pretty much explains it. The only reason we didn’t feel the economic issues most other countries have been suffering through in the past few years is because our economy was strong after Howard. We’ll see what Labor have done soon enough, but it’ll be much worse if they manage to get back in.

As for the actual topic here, its a terrible idea and parents should be responsible for their children on the internet. When I was younger I was always supervised, as I got older I was history-checked and checked on regularly. Putting technology like this in place is not an appropriate replacement for good parenting and never will be.

Also good job on posting this one. Should generate plenty of traffic. GG.

 

wolfstar90,

Selling irreplaceable public assets, ramping middle class welfare up to ridiculous levels and presiding over the largest mining boom in Australia’s history does not win you awards for economic management.

Do some research into the whole economic management : Liberal = good/Labor = bad argument. The mainstream media paints a lovely picture but it isn’t even close to the truth.

 

Seriously? 48 Hours out from the election? It seriously seems like politicians just pull policies out of a hat sometimes, rather than, you know, thinking about them.

 
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