Plans for a national Internet filter remains unchanged despite major changes to the Federal Government.
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, usurped Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister and leader of the Labor Party last week.
A cabinet reshuffle was announced today in which Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, kept his position.
Attending an event at the Neuroscience Research Australia facility in Randwick, Senator Conroy was grilled by the media about the fate of the controversial Net filter.
“We have an election commitment to keep,” he said while staying mum on Prime Minister Gillard’s views on the filter.
Senator Conroy shot down questions about comments by Greens Senator, Scott Ludlum, that the filter will be shelved until after the next federal election.
“Just because Scott Ludlum says its shelved doesn’t make it true,” he said , noting when the next election is held has yet to be decided by the Prime Minister. “… We said we’d bring the legislation forward. We’d hope to have finished all the consultations that have taken place.”
“It’s taken a little longer than we’d hoped but we will be bringing the legislation forward in the second half of the year.”
When asked what his personal views on an opt-in structure for the filter, Senator Conroy replied: “I’m not into opting into child porn.”
The Internet filter has been heavily opposed by a number of organisations and individuals. Click here to launch ARN’s Power to the people: The anti-filter movement slideshow.