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Thursday, 29 April 2010 22:47

No Internet filter for you!

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Seinfeld's famous Soup Nazi character seems to have caused an echo in the Australian Federal Government; we now hear that the Internet Filter legislation is unlikely to be tabled until after the next election.

Reports have emerged that legislation in support of the Internet filter would not be introduced in either the May or June sittings of Federal Parliament.

The news that the bill would not be tabled before the next election was first noticed in the Australian newspaper this morning, penned by one of the paper's specialist legal writers, suggesting that lawyers involved in drafting the legislation may have let something slip about the lack of progress.

The polarising legislation, supported by a variety of religious and child-support groups and just as strongly opposed by a broad coalition of technical and civil liberty groups has never been made available for formal review.

The view that the filter legislation would not be introduced in the current parliamentary term was first expressed by Green's Sen. Scott Ludlam in late February.

Despite a high degree of opposition by qualified technical people who have insisted that the proposal is unworkable, and even the work of euthanasia supporters who have conducted workshops for people to bypass the filter (in minutes), the Government has insisted that the proposal has merit.

A representative from Sen. Conroy's office noted "A public consultation on improved transparency measures has been held and the Department is now working with other Government agencies to consider the submissions and examine whether the ideas can be used to enhance the proposed accountability and transparency measures."

One wonders exactly which members of the public were consulted.


Along with a variety of pre-election promises, including (amongst others) emissions trading and child care, the filter appears to be dead in the Government water; many observers are noting that the Government is potentially clearing the decks of bad news in readiness for an early election.

One can only hope that those against the filter but who vote for the Government at the next election will not be regarded as tacit proponents.  Mandates are such tenuous things.

For those unfamiliar, the "Soup Nazi" is a character in a Seinfeld episode.  The term "Nazi" is used as an exaggeration of the excessively strict regimentation he constantly demands of his patrons.  One can't imagine which Government minister this might be referring to.

 

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David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.

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