The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy,Senator Stephen Conroy, has lashed out in an attempt to block the introduction of a .XXX domain.
As reported at itnews, Senator Conroy recently sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, requesting the corporation to seek further governmental advice before creating the adult content domain.
In the letter, he wrote: "ICANN has an obligation to act in the interests of the wider internet community.
"I would like to express my strong opposition to the introduction of a .XXX top level domain by ICANN, because of the lack of identified public benefit."
Senator Conroy is generally attributed to being the driving force behind the highly controversial Internet Filter proposal, that would see mandatory filtering in Australia.
Although he has maintained that the Filter is an important part of the minority Labor Government’s policy, opposition from the Greens and independents, which the Government will need the support of if the policy is to be adopted, has made the Filter an increasingly unlikely proposition.