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Friday, 19 June 2015 07:55

Geoblocking: Government and Opposition conspire once again to trash democracy Featured

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The Internet site blocking bill passed the Australian House of Representatives this week thanks to an unholy alliance between the ruling LNP coalition and opposition ALP. The free passage of this bill drives yet another nail in the coffin of Australian democracy, demonstrating that the political elites no longer represent the will of the people but rather the interests of offshore corporations.

iTWire currently has a poll running on the site posing the question: “Do you support website blocking legislation?”

Overwhelmingly, the answer has been no. In fact, support for site blocking - a euphemism for geoblocking of overseas content - has been virtually zero among our readers.

This is a replay of the highly unpopular Data Retention Bill which was also passed with bi-partisan support.

Of course readers of sites like ours are generally more tech aware than the general populace.

However, the popularity of the US Netflix service among content starved Australian consumers shows that ordinary non-tech people are now aware of the issue and don’t want their free access to content curtailed.

Despite this, no Parliamentarians from either major Party had the guts to stand up for what is right and register a vote that expressed the will of their constituents.

As is now obvious, the wishes of ordinary Australians does not matter one whit to their so-called representatives in Parliament. What matters are the wishes of overseas content providers who want to perpetuate an archaic legacy business model that fleeces Australian consumers and is totally at odds with the Internet era.

What is also obvious is that so-called globalisation and free trade agreements are only in place to serve the interests of multinational corporations and not ordinary Australians.

ABC TV this week ran an episode of its Q&A program in which one of the panel members postulated that the Australian political system is broken. He suggested that at least one of the houses of Parliament should be replaced by a people’s assembly, composed of representatives from all walks of life, chosen for two years of public service.

Some may call the idea of a people’s assembly and direct democracy idealistic lunacy. However, is it as lunatic as allowing overpaid privileged fat cat politicians to make decisions that suit their interests while ignoring our wishes?


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Stan Beer

 

Stan Beer co-founded iTWire in 2005. With 30 plus years of experience working in IT and Australian technology media, Beer has published articles in most of the IT publications that have mattered, including the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, as well as a multitude of trade publications.

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