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Election Survey - Commonwealth 2014 - Q5


Q5 - Internet filtering

The current classification system for pulications, films and videos bans (i.e. refuses classification for) dangerous material including child pornography, and material promoting crime, suicide or terrorism. Unfiltered, the internet can bring explicit pornography and material that promotes terrorism, crime or suicide into the family home - and to children outside the home via mobile phones. Voluntary computer-based filters do not protect children in vulnerable situations. Mandatory filtering at the ISP level is essential to protect children and maintain a healthy society.

Would you support mandatory filtering of the internet at ISP level to exclude all material currently refused classification in print, film or video media?

Party Reply Score
Australian Labor Party 

The Labor Party takes the online safety of all Australians very seriously and believes there is some content that has no place in a civil society. We remain committed to ensuring that access to child abuse material is restricted.

Blocking the INTERPOL ‘Worst of’ list of child abuse material achieves that objective and we have implemented this policy by using existing legislative powers. We know from the experience of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) already blocking the INTERPOL list that this is a highly successful strategy.
With several ISPs participating, over 90% of Australian internet users are covered, and this coverage will increase further as the Australian Federal Police (AFP) works with ISPs and the Internet Industry Association.
Given the success to date and the further steps being taken, the Labor Party sees noneed to pursue mandatory filtering legislation.

 2
Liberal National Coalition

The Coalition understands that while the internet delivers profound benefits, it also presents potential dangers. Facebook, networking games, smart phones and iPads are all part ofthe typical daily life for most of today's children.

As parents and teachers have been responding to the challenges of children and teenagers participating on social networking sites, the current government has been pre-occupied with its internet filter, which it has since abandoned.

The Coalition did not implement an internet filter when we were last in government because it was not workable or effective, and it offered parents a false sense of security. The Coalition has continued to closely monitor and assess whether a mandatory ISP filter could technically offer real protection while not interfering with the internet experience of law-abiding adults. These conditions have not yet been met to our satisfaction.

A Coalition Government will not introduce a mandatory ISP filter but will instead focus on providing greater support for teachers and parents in their work to protect children online.

We support sensible and workable measures to protect them from illegal or inappropriate content. The Coalition believes the best internet filter a child can have is a parent who is engaged in what their children see and do on the internet. We will continue to work with and support parents to ensure the online safety of our children.

2
The Greens

Definitely not.
 2
Non-Custodial Parents Party 

Yes definitely.
 10
Rise Up Australia Party 

Yes definitely.
 10
Democratic Labour Party 

Yes definitely.
 10
Liberal Democratic Party 

Definitely not.
 2
Outdoor Recreation Party 

Unlikely.
 3
Family First Party 

Yes definitely.
 10
Australian Christians Party 

Yes definitely.
 10
Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party 

No comment.
 1
Australian Voice 

No comment.
 1
Katter's Australian Party 

Yes definitely.
 10
Palmer United Party 

No comment.
 1
Australia First Party 

Australia First supports common community standards for all media.
 1

Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000




 


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