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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Conroy denies knowledge of U.S. approach re Intenet censorship concerns

THE Obama administration has questioned the Rudd government's plan to introduce an internet filter, saying it runs contrary to the US's foreign policy of encouraging an open internet to spread economic growth and global security.
Officials from the State Department have raised the issue with Australian counterparts as the US mounts a diplomatic assault on internet censorship by governments worldwide.
The news is a blow to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, who is defending the plan for internet companies to mandatorily block illegal and abhorrent websites -- for instance, child pornography -- but faces growing opposition.
according to Business with The Wallstreet Journal yesterday.

Conroy's retort:
"Well, I've seen those concerns, [but] I haven't had any direct contact with the US State Department," Conroy said on the ABC's Radio National Australia Talks program tonight. "I saw the reports in the morning papers. My department I don't believe has been directly contacted. They maybe are speaking to the Department of Foreign Affairs - but I was unaware until I saw this morning's news reports of any approaches at all at this stage."
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Stephen Conroy - 8 hours ago - iTWire (1 occurrences)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hockey against internet censorship but his leader has other ideas

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has joined Nick Minchin in coming out against the Rudd Labor Government's plan to censor the internet through the imposition of a national filter on access to the world wide web. Liberal MPs Simon Birmingham, Alex Hawke, Michael Johnson and Jamie Briggs support their position.

The problem for Hockey and Minchin is that their Coalition leader, Tony Abbott, is publicly hedging his bets on the issue (ably seconded by Shadow Communications Minister Tony Smith) and is widely thought to privately support this censorship, and as we all know Abbott likes to fly solo on policy creation and election promises.

Hockey might as well save his breath.

Thursday, March 11, 2010