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COVER STORY: Too terrible to contemplate

EDITORIAL: Torch relay highlights Beijing's human rights record

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Could Costello unite demoralised Liberals?

MANUFACTURING: Car-making could be our flagship industry

NEW ZEALAND: NZ Kiwibank now has 600,000 customers

WATER: Federal water policy will add to world food shortage

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Reaping the whirlwind of financial deregulation

PROFILE: Other side of Australia's next Governor-General

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Life is a cabaret / Nepal / Bitter fruits / Russia and China / Swan song? / The skaters' waltz / Rice / Ingrid Betancourt

ASIA: Middle power status for Australia: mind over rhetoric

AFRICA: World stands by as Mugabe inflicts terror in Zimbabwe

FAMILY LAW: Paternity fraud punishes the blameless

SCHOOLS: What must be done to lift standards?

INTERNET FILTERING: Porn industry opposes Conroy's ISP-filter plan

OPINION: Economic policy should serve national interest

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INTERNET FILTERING:
Porn industry opposes Conroy's ISP-filter plan




News Weekly, April 26, 2008
Australia's pornography industry prefers the Coalition's voluntary internet-filtering to the Labor Government's mandatory internet-filtering at the ISP level.

The Australian pornography industry's Eros Association has condemned the attempt by the federal Broadband Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, to provide a "clean feed" through mandatory internet service-provider (ISP) filtering.

The association also endorsed the previous Liberal government's approach, which was to provide voluntary end-user filters for those who want to use them.

The chief executive officer of the Eros Association, Fiona Patten, claimed that "Western governments are wasting millions of dollars in useless (sic) regulation that is basically aimed at stopping adults from accessing adult sex sites".

She said that Senator Conroy was set to following the same course by forcing internet service-providers to spend large amounts of money to offer a "clean feed" to Australian consumers.

"This clean feed will do absolutely nothing to stop child pornography on the world wide web," she said. "It will simply stop a few people from watching it."

"John Howard spent $100 million dollars on internet-filtering software which works on the end-user. This approach is the correct one ... Governments who try to filter material by forcing controls on their national content distributors (ISPs) will end up failing," she said.




























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