New plan to block child abuse websites replaces Labor’s online filter promise


The world’s worst child abuse websites will be blocked by internet providers under a new plan that will see federal Labor formally dump its pledge to introduce a mandatory online filter for all computers.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy will today announce new moves to require Australia’s internet providers to block already illegal child abuse websites on Interpol’s “worst of” list.

“Blocking the Interpol ‘worst of’ list will help keep children safe from abuse, it meets community expectations, and fulfils the Government’s commitment to preventing Australian internet users from accessing child abuse material online,” he said.

“Given this … the Government has no need to proceed with mandatory filtering.”

The controversial filter was one of Labor’s 2007 election promises but opponents said it would block far more than offensive websites and was internet censorship.

Source: The Australian


  1. Why dont they just close the websites down completely, problem solved, otherwise things will get worse.

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