Australian online censorship postponed

The strongly disputed and highly criticized effort by the Australian Labour government to implement a lawful body-controlled blacklist of websites, and thus censoring the world wide web, has been postponed, Australian media reported.

Australian parliament

It seems that the set of laws is facing delays in the concept phase and it will probably not be discussed in parliament before June 2010.

Internet service providers

Stephen Conroy, the current minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, intended to implement the alternations to parliament mid-March, but the concept phase and negotiations with internet service providers (ISP) and other involved parties have caused delays.

Censoring the internet

A Conroy representative commented: “Negotiations with internet service providers and owners of high traffic websites regarding the introduction of internet service provider filtering continue. The Australian government also contemplates the reactions on the consultation paper regarding enhanced accountability and transparency measures, which will feed into the lawful structure.”


Considering the lawful load currently in the parliament, and the disputed character of the alternations, the discussions with regard to introduction could face more postponements, according to several market watchers.
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