'Say No to Net Censorship'
|This page contains information about EFA's 1999 campaign opposing the Commonwealth Government's Internet censorship laws. For more up-to-date information, see:|
The remainder of this page contains 1999 campaign materials. Insofar as these refer to blocking of access by ISPs, the information is out of date, as the proposed law in that respect was amended. Information relative to other aspects of this law remains relevant as at June 2002.
1999 'Say No to Net Censorship' Campaign
On 21 April 1999, the Federal Government introduced Internet censorship legislation (in the form of an amendment to Broadcasting Services Act) into the Senate, despite earlier assurances that an exposure draft would be released for public comment. This legislation threatens the freedom of Australian Internet users and the future of our economy - but will not achieve its claimed goal of protecting children.
Please take the time to read about what is happening and to take action to help stop it.
The protest rallies of May 28th 1999
In Brief: It just WON'T WORK.
By trying to prevent adult acccess to adult content, the Bill not only impinges on our basic FREEDOMS - it will actually make it MORE likely that children will be exposed to unsuitable material.
It will cause extensive DAMAGE to Australia's Internet INDUSTRY, both access and content providers, raising COSTS for everyone.
COLLATERAL DAMAGE accompanying the Bill will result in the blocking of all kinds of content - and threats to personal PRIVACY.
It imposes on Australia a more AUTHORITARIAN regime than Singapore or Malaysia - and makes us the LAUGHING-STOCK of the world.
We are calling for the repeal of the Bill.
The legislation is both unnecessary and dangerous.