“Australia’s growing epidemic of pornography addiction, triggered by the ready availability of internet porn, is a disaster,” Ros Phillips, national research officer for FamilyVoice Australia, said today.
“So the news that Senator Conroy has reneged on his election promise of a mandated ISP “clean feed” service is a national tragedy. His weak compromise – a black list to block only the “worst of the worst” sites – is simply not good enough.”
Ros Phillips said there are mounting reports of children sexually abusing other children – a consequence of our increasingly sexualised society, fostered by internet porn: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/children-sexually-abusing-children-ignored-and-denied/story-e6frg6nf-1225896790165
“Telling parents to install filters on home computers is not enough,” Ros Phillips said. “Not even public libraries are required to have filters on their computers – and many children have access to mobile phones which do not have filtered internet.
“I can protect my child from harmful images in my own home. I cannot protect my child from seeing harmful images on a classmate’s mobile phone in the school yard. Only a mandated clean feed service by all ISPs, with an opt-out for adults, would solve this problem,” Mrs Phillips said.
Mrs Phillips said the government has a duty of care to protect vulnerable children from material which may harm them – a duty the government has fulfilled by tightening laws on cigarette packaging, for example.
“Pornography is a health issue – it affects mental health, and may affect physical health when it triggers sexual assault,” she said. “Nicola Roxon, where are you?”
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