The Greens party has taken a swipe at the Internet filtering consultation paper and criticised the Government’s restrictions on public contribution to the proposed legislation.
Minister for Broadband, Senator Stephen Conroy, released the results of the Internet filter trial yesterday and announced intentions to bring a mandatory ISP-filtering bill to Parliament. The Government also released an Internet filtering consultation paper which asked for public input on ways to regulate refused classification (RC) content.
“Despite the release of a discussion paper that tacitly acknowledges the huge concern this proposal has raised, and the flaws in the existing blacklisting process, the Government is intent on ploughing ahead,” Greens Senator, Scott Ludlam, said in a statement.
While the discussion paper encouraged the public to provide input, Senator Ludlam claimed the filter appeared to be a “done deal”. The public consultation process only addresses one aspect of the policy, which is the how the RC-list would be compiled, but the Greens are imploring people to communicate a broad spectrum of concern to the Government.
The Greens also questioned the viability of the ISP clean-feed, highlighting results from the Enex Testlab report which showed filters are not failproof.
Senator Ludlam said his party will seek significant amendments to the legislation if it is introduced to the Senate in its current form.
The Liberal party has also doubted the efficacy of an Internet filter and objected to the Government’s proposal. In a statement by shadow broadband Minister, Senator Tony Smith, the Opposition is demanding an audit of the trial results and will consult extensively with ISPs and relevant stakeholders to examine the legislation in detail.