Australia: Greens won’t back federal plans for internet filters

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Greens won’t back federal plans for internet filters | News.com.au

AAP, November 25, 2008 08:36am

THE Australian Greens won’t be supporting plans to introduce compulsory internet filters.

The Federal Government wants to introduce filters to stop people accessing x-rated material, child pornography and inappropriate material.

The plan is being opposed by the internet industry which says it opens the door to censorship of other material, including political views.

‘We’re very, very concerned that there’s going to be a unnecessary clamp down on the internet and it has to be watched,’ Greens leader Bob Brown told ABC Television on Tuesday.

His colleague Scott Ludlam has been lobbying against the changes.

‘He’s working very hard with community groups in Australia to oppose the current proposals by the Government,’ Senator Brown said.

The Government needs the support of all seven crossbench senators – including the five Greens – to have draft laws pass parliament against coalition opposition.

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