The government's new internet "filtering" scheme based on Interpol's blacklist may have been a victory for the connected, but it does little to advance the state of public administration or restrict the distribution of child abuse material.

Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy isn't attempting to pass new internet censorship legislation -- that has the potential for significant rowdiness. Instead, he's relying on section 313 of the Telecommunications Act 1997, which requires telcos to do their best "to prevent telecommunications networks and facilities from being used in, or in relation to, the commission of offences against the laws of the Commonwealth or of the States and Territories". Telcos must provide "such help as is reasonably necessary" for, among other things, "enforcing the criminal law and laws imposing pecuniary penalties".