Sep 10, 2013

Back to the future with the Coalition’s Net Nanny policy

The Coalition is poised to resume its history of internet censorship with its cyberbullying policy.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

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Let’s hark back to last week’s debacle over the Coalition’s online child safety policy, in which Abbott-aligned backbencher and former telecoms executive Paul Fletcher deeply embarrassed Malcolm Turnbull by springing an opt-out internet filter on Australia for about two hours.

The Coalition excuse was that the original policy was “poorly worded”. So “poorly worded”, in fact, as to indicate a policy position the Coalition has never supported, which really is very poor wording indeed.

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8 thoughts on “Back to the future with the Coalition’s Net Nanny policy

  1. Jan Forrester

    Former Senator Conroy is suddenly looking like a born-again libertarian. Malcolm T may always be on the back foot explaining the internet to his leader, (we don’t need the NBN to read emails) the details of which many sub-teens know already. A bit of enlightened engagement with parents and young people is far preferable.

  2. @Keening_Product

    At least the policy may have a hard time getting through the senate: LDP, Greens, Labor and maybe even Clive would oppose it.

  3. @Keening_Product

    Oh, and Nick Xenophon too.

  4. Mr J

    I agree about the irony in adding a new commission to be supported with bureaucrats when even Judith Sloan is having a go at Labor’s commissions/agencies that were created in the last 6 years.

    But since when does efficiency enter into the equation? The ACNC Australia’s Charities and Not for Profits Commission is flagged to experience a wipeout, yet was specifically created for two reasons, ensuring accountability in the sector and reduce red tape.

    The red tape reduction would occur because a lot of these organisations deliver services from government funding and donations across a variety of portfolios, from hospitals, to schools, employment service agencies, child support services, welfare services etc. So instead of having to deal with multiple government agencies asking for in many instances the same information, like financial viability checks, insurance coverage etc, the ACNC would act on behalf of these organisations and provide other agencies the relevant information and be a one stop shop. However the problem is accountability. Clearly an Abbott Government is strongly influenced by the Catholic sector that doesn’t want public transparency in how it spends its money.

  5. Scott Grant

    I am intrigued by the quote: “Australian legislation will be effective to achieve compliance by any company with staff or assets in Australia, or which generates advertising revenue in Australia . . .”. If that is the case, how come we cannot tax them? Of, of course! The revenue from Australian customers is actually (in a legal sense) generated in Ireland!

  6. The Pav

    Surprise surprise Abbott lying about what he had read or not read….Shades of BHPBiliton hey!

    Why would they worry about a filter since the Fraudband will be so crap

  7. AR

    Pav – perhaps that is the tories’ “cunning plan”, an NBN so crap that it can’t deliver the next stage of haptic porn?

  8. john willoughby

    don’t worry about ISP’s when the IPA and the Murdoch press get a hold of this assault on our freedom of speech there will be hell to pay…. wont there??

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