In Their Own Words: Coalition Internet Filter Policy
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: COALITION INTERNET FILTER POLICY
Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
5 SEPTEMBER 2013
The Coalition’s internet filter policy has mysteriously disappeared into their ether, so we have helpfully re-released it.
We are also helpfully providing today’s on-the-record comments from Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Liberal MP Paul Fletcher.
Malcolm Turnbull on Triple J Hack:
TILLEY: How does the Coalition justify their default internet filter which was announced today when the public has already rejected that policy?
TURNBULL: Well it’s not an internet filter in the sense of what Stephen Conroy was proposing.
ALBANESE: It’s worse!
TURNBULL: Please, just let me finish. What is being proposed is that there will be – there’s no service side filter. This is a system where – and this is what the British are going to employ –
TILLEY: Sorry no service side filter – it says in your policy document it will involve major internet service providers providing home network filters.
TURNBULL: Okay, just let me finish. The filter will be contained in software installed in either people’s smartphones or modems – if they’ve got broad fixed line broadband, which can be disabled at their option. So it is not a filter that operates at the service side at the ISP. So it doesn’t slow down the internet. It is the same as having – it’s basically the same as having installing a filter on your own computer. But by making it available as a default then that means – because a lot of people struggle you know to be able technically to do that. So what it does is it is essentially installing that software either in the smartphone or in the modem as a default, which you can switch off, but then that’s your call. Because it’s our view that the responsibility should lie with the parent. So this is not a service side filter at all.
Paul Fletcher, as reported on zdnet (http://www.zdnet.com/au/coalition-confirms-internet-filtering-by-default-7000020272/):
"What we intend to do is work with the industry to arrive at an arrangement where the default is that there is a filter in the home device, the home network, that is very similar to the filters that are available today. This is very much about protecting children from inappropriate content, particularly pornography," he said.
"The key thing is it is an opt-out, so it will be open to the customer to call up and say, 'look, I don't want this', and indeed, we will work with the industry to make this a streamlined and efficient process," he said.
"The default is that you have the system turned on. You have the filter turned on, but anybody who doesn't want it is free to have it off ... irrespective if you're a parent or not."
The Coalition policy released today can be downloaded here.
Tony Abbott tonight admitted that he had read the policy before it was released and any suggestion that this was simply a badly worded sentence or two in the policy document is demonstrably wrong.
Any suggestion otherwise is a lie.
If you can’t trust the Coalition, don’t vote for them.
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