September 29th 2007


  Buy Issue 2765
Qty:

Articles from this issue:

FEDERAL ELECTION 2007: NCC policy initiatives on biofuels and Internet safety

EDITORIAL: Horse flu outbreak: time to face hard facts

CANBERRA OBSERVED: John Howard's risky succession strategy

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Will we learn from our quarantine debacle?

DEFENCE: Emerging nuclear challenges for Australia

NATIONAL SECURITY: Another triumph for the ABC or potential calamity?

EMPLOYMENT: Offshore assets most Australians never see

SCHOOLS: How much should we pay teachers who don't deliver?

LIFE ISSUES: 'Rosita', poster-child for pro-abortion lobby

UNITED STATES: Questions over Republican nomination

OPINION: Disgrace of the West's 'cognitive dissonance'

AS THE WORLD TURNS: libertarianism, lesbian's twins, Chinese toys, anti-Americanism

Kevin Rudd's motherhood statements (letter)

Kevinism or a Ruddism? (letter)

Facility with languages (letter)

Australia needs American help with defence (letter)

BOOKS: THE DAWKINS DELUSION? by Alister McGrath

BOOKS: FAITH THROUGH REASON, by Janne Haaland Matláry

Books promotion page

survey link

FONT SIZE:

FEDERAL ELECTION 2007:
NCC policy initiatives on biofuels and Internet safety


by Patrick J. Byrne

News Weekly, September 29, 2007
Click for biofuels brochure (PDF 350KB)Click for internet safety brochure (PDF 393KB)


The National Civic Council has launched two election brochures with policies promoting biofuels, industry and family-safe internet-filtering. Patrick J. Byrne reports.

Green Energy

Australia is positioned to reduce the cost of a carbon-trading system, reduce carbon emissions, reduce dependence on imported oil and cars, and cut its burgeoning foreign debt.

This can be achieved by creating a major green biofuels industry combined with an expanded domestic motor-vehicle industry producing green, flex-fuel cars capable of running on an ethanol-mix in fuel.

Australia's combined deficit on imported cars and fuel is over $30 billion, which is set to rise sharply. This is unsustainable for Australia with its growing net foreign debt of $544 billion (53 per cent of GDP). A large sugar-cane-based ethanol industry and a domestically-owned car industry are the solution.

However, farmers will only continue to produce the sugar-cane needed for an efficient ethanol industry if the Federal Government legislates, or introduces a mandatory code of conduct, for an equitable and transparent pricing mechanism for cane supply, including final-offer arbitration, and creates a marketing authority for fuel ethanol.

No other policy could deliver a more substantial cash flow to Australia's struggling rural industries. And this would not impact on human food or stock food prices.

A sugar-cane-based ethanol industry would provide 10 per cent ethanol to all Australian petrol-driven cars, and would consume about 42 per cent of the east coast sugar-cane crop using the latest ethanol production technology from Brazil.

At the same time, Australia's domestic car industry is winding down, despite substantial subsidies. Yet Australia is capable of designing and building world-class motor vehicles.

A solution would be for an Australian-financed consortium to buy out one or two existing producers, and have the industry aim to platform-share the building of small, medium and large cars.

This would allow the building of three or four world-class cars and gain efficiencies of scale so as to increase domestic production from about 300,000 to one million cars.

This policy is vital to the preservation of Australia's only major manufacturing industry.

Internet policy

Public concern is growing rapidly over the vast and growing array of seriously disturbing and objectionable - not to mention, illegal - content on the internet, and now available on mobile phones.

There is no one "silver bullet" capable of filtering such content. However, as a matter of principle, what is illegal in other forms should also be illegal on the internet and on mobile phones. Sites with illegal content should be shut down or, if they originate overseas, be blocked by filters.

The major thrust of Federal Government policy has been to provide free home-based filters to families. However, home-based filters are easy to bypass and, while some offer automatic content-filtering, many have generally relied on blacklist filtering and text-recognition systems.

The current blacklists only block a mere 850 sites, and the use of them by internet service-providers (ISPs) and filter software-providers has been optional.

No effective strategies have been adopted to make the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) blacklist more comprehensive, a major weakness of current government policy. Meanwhile, some teens have already demonstrated how easy it is to bypass the free government filters.

In contrast, the community wants primary filtering to be done by ISPs.

Urgent priority should be for ACMA to create a comprehensive blacklist of prohibited sites to ISPs and for the Government to trial new automatic content-filtering technologies. The Government has failed to proceed with these tests, despite repeated requests.

Should commercial ISP trials prove successful, ACMA should focus on identifying and maintaining a comprehensive blacklist of illegal sites not adequately covered by current automated filtering technology.

Should the commercial ISP trials be unsatisfactory, then ACMA should focus on providing as comprehensive a blacklist as possible of all prohibited content.

To this end, the Government should investigate having institutions supply blacklists compiled from their own filters for the building of a comprehensive and effective ACMA blacklist to be used by ISPs.

Public education campaigns should be family-focused. A substantial body of research indicates that the most effective strategies for ensuring safe child and adolescent use of the internet involves educating and equipping parents to authoritatively guide their families on these issues.

The campaigns should focus on making parents aware of the dangers their children face on the internet, giving them the technical tools and personal confidence to guide their children towards safe use of these technologies.

Policies for handling mobile phones are also extensively outlined.

Copies of these brochures are available from the NCC's web site www.newsweekly.com.au or from the NCC national and state offices.




























Join email list

Join e-newsletter list


Your cart has 0 items



Subscribe to NewsWeekly

Research Papers



Trending articles

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Cardinal rebuts commission's 'Get Pell' campaign

COVER STORY Anti-discrimination law validates Safe Schools

U.S. AFFAIRS First Brexit, now Trump: it's the economy, stupid!

INDUSTRY AND ENVIRONMENT Wikileaks reveals U.S, funding behind anti-coal campaign

COVER STORY QUT discrimination case exposes Human Rights Commission failings

FOREIGN AFFAIRS How the left whitewashed Fidel Castro

ANALYSIS What is possible to a Trump Whitehouse



News and views from around the world

19-year-old homeschooled pro-lifer wins Ontario election by landslide (Lianne Laurence)

Trump makes right choice for education secretary (National Review)

Transgender conformity (Katherine Kersten)

Sex education programs do not reduce teen pregnancy or STI rates (Philippa Taylor)

Photographer who captured Safe Schools founder harassing bystander shuts down business (Frank Chung)

Is the global middle class here to stay? (Samuel Rines)

Donald Trump could end America's new feudalism (Joel Kotkin)

It just got easier to find the perpetrators of Stalin's purges (David Filipov)

Castro's death eradicate bacillus of old-style Marxism (Gerald Warner)

Labor MP Terri Butler in QUT race case apology (Geoff Chambers)



























© Copyright NewsWeekly.com.au 2011
Last Modified:
December 2, 2016, 2:36 pm