Australia's mandatory internet filtering by internet service providers (ISPs) won't happen for at least two years. But we're getting filtering anyway. Voluntarily. By ISPs. Next month.

Almost exactly a year ago, just before the 2010 federal election, communications minister Senator Stephen Conroy defused the controversy in a politically astute move. He responded to criticisms with process. He gave everyone a chance to feel like they'd achieved a minor victory, even though the underlying policy hadn't changed.