CCl opposes internet censorship
It is unlawful to host sexually-explicit material (X18+) on
an Australian webserver. As well as this, anyone who wishes
to provide adult-only (R18+) material must ensure that end-users
are over 18 years of age.
The government says that this harsh censorship regime is required
to protect all Australians, but especially children, from offensive
and unsuitable content on the Internet.
This censorship regime is unnecessary, because
children can be protected by installing a child-protection internet
filter on their PC. This is the only effective and proven technology
to protect children online from unsuitable content, according
to an recent US court decision: ACLU
v Gonzales (2006) 478 F. Supp 2d 775 (22 March 2007).
Filters protect children from unsuitable content hosted anywhere
in the world, not just Australia. If child-protection filters
are used on home and school PCs, then there's no need to censor
Australian websites and adults can read, hear and see whatever
Because this censorship is an unnecessary restriction on freedom
of speech, it violates Article
19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political
The government has extended this censorship of
the internet to all communications devices including mobile
On these devices, content rated MA15+ (for
matrue audiences) is restricted to adults (18+).
Much of the 'research' on which the Howard government based
its censorship of the internet has been seriously questioned
by investigative journalists. See Peter
Mare's article debunking a government report on internet
media release about internet censorship.
submission on the Content Services Bill, in which we
called for the regime to be repealed.
Federal government to give our freedom of speech to police
20 September 2007 (Canberra): The
Howard government, before it lost the 2007 federal election,
introduced legislation into the Senate giving
Police the power to decide what Australians can and cannot
see on the internet. Fortunately, the Bill was never passed
media release opposing the Bill.
censorship of computer games
Classification: lists computer games refused classification
in Australia (which effectively bans them)