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ACL Confirms Porn Filter Stance


Source: ACL Press Release
Wednesday, 1 April 2009, 9:52 (EST)
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The Australian Christian Lobby has confirmed that it has not changed its position on the Government’s proposal to introduce ISP filtering of pornography.

"We support the Government’s stated position to require ISP’s to mandatorily block Refused Classification (RC) content that has been identified by ACMA," said ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace.

"Dependent on the technical trial results," said Mr Wallace, "I expect the Government to be aiming to achieve a filtering system, that at the optional level, filters X and R18+, and that this material only goes to people who "opt in" for it.

We appreciate that there may be a need for an interim stage in getting to this point, if the technology is unable to achieve this today," said Mr Wallace.

"That is what the trial is to determine. However we would expect that the minimum interim regime is to allow parents to “opt out” of X and R18+ as identified by ACMA, if technology is not available now for a full solution.”

This is the circumstance ACL Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton described as acceptable on the SBS Insight Show.

Mr Wallace said he did not want to see any loosening of restrictions on the current take-down regime of Australian-sourced X and R18+ material in that interim period, nor did ACL understand that this was what Senator Conroy was proposing.

"The whole purpose of the proposed filtering system is that children not be subjected to unsolicited harmful material" said Mr Wallace. "Clearly the Government’s policy needs to be informed by what is technically possible, but the objective of the system of filtering should not be lost in any interim solution" he said.



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