EFA's Chair, Dale Clapperton, was interviewed on Channel 7's Sunrise program on 29th October about the government's proposed mandatory filtering policy. A phone-in survey on the program revealed that 80% of respondents were opposed to the censorship plan.


  1. That was actually The Morning Show, not that that affects the content of the interview in any meaningful way.

    It is an excellent point that the means by which censorship software is circumvented would make ISP-level censorship able to be circumvented just as easily, as well as the fact that we are already seeing people hoping to use Internet censorship to push their own agenda - allowing Internet censorship in any form would only make that far easier.

    Well done, Mr. Clapperton!

    Comment by A. J. W. on 31 October 2008 at 03:52
  2. Well done Dale Clapperton, and well done Larry on addressing the important issues such as whether Dale has children or not. Much more important than the threat to HTTPS traffic being unencrypted by a government middle man of course, or anything actually relevant.

    Comment by Dan on 31 October 2008 at 06:36
  3. It was recently made aware to us that our free press, and by association free speech was rated
    at 35th in the world, I am an avid fan of the alternative news sites to the extent where I have the world news sometimes weeks before it is published here even the fluffy feel good content. I'll take a recent event to highlight just how vetted & filtered is our content across all media. As presented, Russia invades Georgia, kills lots, takes to long to withdraw, BAD Russia. What really happened, The American neo cons having determined, the Georgian Govt to be more corruptable and therefore amenable to washington will built them up militarily and had advisors on the ground, sound familiar to Vietnam? to cut to the chase the yanks needed control of a major oil pumping station in South Osetia and told the Geogians, as a bonus they could have a land grab.It failed, the Russians came to the defence of S.Ost. after a murderous violation of their borders. None of this reported in depth here.

    Comment by g.v.b on 31 October 2008 at 07:58
  4. I was very impressed at how well spoken Dale was, good work.

    Comment by Cuppa on 31 October 2008 at 08:58
  5. "A phone-in survey on the program revealed that 80% of respondents were opposed to the censorship"

    So it's fair to say 20% of Australians support a dictatorship. This is scary. Can we round them up and send them off to Iran for our own safety?

    Comment by James on 1 November 2008 at 22:39
  6. This is a disgrace. Something as important as this should be not be discussed on an early-morning breakfast show as a fluff piece in between the traffic reports and the next fashion tips. It should be front page news right across the country & the first segment on the 6 o'clock news on every channel. Wake up Australian. Senators Conroy, Fielding & Xenophobia want to destroy freedom of speech in this country!

    Comment by Moe on 3 November 2008 at 04:17
  7. But who is making up the 20% who support censorship.

    This is Australia I find it alarming that only 80% of people oppose censorship.

    Comment by Dan (A diffrent dan) on 3 November 2008 at 22:58
  8. Wont Internet censorship just drive illegal content Underground deeper makeing this harder for Law Enforcement to Control

    Comment by david of n.s.w on 8 November 2008 at 22:16
  9. This has nothing to do with stopping illegal content, censorship has always been about control of speech.

    If the government didn't want people downloading child pornography they would use honey pots to catch paedophiles in the act of downloading.

    The worst part about this proposed filter is that all the special interest groups will be getting content block that they personally disagree with. You see a logical person would simply not view something they find offensive but logic and religion are natural opponents. I personally disagree with Christianity, I find it cruel to offer people the false hope of "heaven" but I will not attack their free-speech just because I disagree with them.

    Unfortunately they do not extend me the same courtesy.

    Comment by Dan on 8 November 2008 at 23:10
  10. Great interview Dale, congratulations. Keep up the good work EFA.

    Comment by Rhys on 12 November 2008 at 11:29
  11. Thank you Dale, for representing the EFA on this matter, as greatly as you did.

    Definitely by terming this a 'censorship filter' rather then 'content filter' is alot more accurate to those who have followed this ongoing effort.

    Comment by Devz on 12 November 2008 at 20:50
  12. Congratulations on a well articulated argument put forward there.

    I think you raised some points in an easy to understand manner, and showed several clear problems with the filter.

    Obviously you could say a lot more on the matter, but were limited in time. This is the first time I've been motivated about an issue to investigate things such as EFA, and I'm very impressed if you put forward all of your arguments like this.

    Comment by Ryan on 13 November 2008 at 05:39