The federal coalition has announced it will scrap controversial plans for an internet filter if it wins the August 21 election.
I’m glad they finally made their position clear. Abbott had previously indicated a lack of faith in the technical implementation, but – worryingly – not much opposition to the concept (ie, you got the impression that if he thought it would “work” at blocking content, he might support it.) Hockey’s opposition has been more consistent, and more in line with libertarians:
“I have personal responsibility as a parent,” he said in March.
“If I want to stop my children from viewing material that I feel is inappropriate then that is my responsibility to do something about it – not that of the government.”
UPDATE: The Australian Christian Lobby has come out strongly against the Coalition’s rejection of the Internet filter.