What happened to our internet freedoms? Back in December 2007, less than a month after gaining Government, and just a week after being appointed Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Steven Conroy made his intentions plain.
The ABC online News reported, “Conroy announces mandatory internet filters to protect children“
“Telecommunications Minister Stephen Conroy says new measures are being put in place to provide greater protection to children from online pornography and violent websites. Senator Conroy says it will be mandatory for all internet service providers to provide clean feeds, or ISP filtering, to houses and schools that are free of pornography and inappropriate material. Online civil libertarians have warned the freedom of the internet is at stake, but Senator Conroy says that is nonsense.”
Five years later, devout Catholic Conroy was still at it. News Ltd trumpeted in 2012, “Senator Conroy not dropping internet filter despite being ‘unlikely to get anywhere‘
“On the Q&A program last night, viewer William Rollo from South Australia asked Senator Conroy whether Labor’s support for the filter was pointless, given that it may not have the numbers to get through Parliament.
“The Coalition aren’t backing it… and the Greens aren’t too keen on it either. Under the new paradigm it’s realistically unlikely to get anywhere. Do you therefore think it’s fair for voters to see your insistence on this policy as a time and money waster?” However Senator Conroy said a review of the Refused Classification category of content still had to be undertaken before legislation was introduced to Parliament. “You don’t, simply because you’ve got a lot of criticism, say ‘well I’m going to run away from that policy’,” he said.
“Australian Sex Party president Fiona Patton warned filter critics not to take the Coalition’s opposition to the scheme for granted.”(Shadow Treasurer) Joe Hockey may have said he won’t support the filter as it stands, but certainly Tony Abbott out at Rooty Hill, of course, said that he would do whatever he could to stop people looking at filth,” she said.”
Conroy’s desire for a secret internet “Black List”, ostensibly to block paedophile rings but wide open enough to block any site for any reason was constant.
Is it any wonder that when George Brandis suddenly produced legislation to grab meta-data from everyone and to allow ASIO and its acronymical fellow departments to use “back-door” technology to enter everyone’s computer and take any information or to make any changes desired, that Conroy and his ALP fellow travellers jumped on the band wagon?
There are those amongst our leaders who see Religion and National Security as one and the same.
A hatred of freedom, especially on the Internet is part of the DNA of the ALP Right. Just as it is a part of the Liberal Party, the Party that lies to you every time it speaks its name!
It is time to cry for the Australia which once was free and fair and proud of itself!
There should be no surprise that the ALP accepted the Brandis intrusion into the internet usage of every Australian.
They have been trying to do it for years themselves!