The Aussie blogosphere reacts to the government’s internet filtering plans:


Transparent as lead. Whilst this policy will reduce freedom and fail to protect kids, it also threatens to completely undermine Kevin Rudd’s fibre to the node network, which will cost billions of dollars, and whose usefulness is already highly economically dubious. …And Justice For All

A toxic abuse of power. It will no doubt be sold to Australians as a way of protecting us from the terrorists. So far the ALP government has refrained from using that gem, although if it begins to feel too much heat one has to wonder when it’ll be used. — Alex Schlotzer

Internet censorship redux. Those expecting an ALP government to be more socially liberal than a Liberal government or at least more sensible about non-economics based issues are in for a shock. — catallaxy

A vote of “no interest” in internet-based businesses. In a practical sense we have to appreciate we are geographically removed from much of the world. The internet is a perfect tool in overcoming the tyranny of distance our physical position in the world creates. If the Minister really is committed to enhancing opportunities within the Digital Economy for Australians, he should be working to improve services and infrastructure. — John Lacey

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