Abbott ums and ahs on filter

Abbott ums and ahs on filter

Summary: Opposition leader Tony Abbott yesterday expressed his views about the internet filter in a joint interview, following fresh on the heels of a report that Liberal MP Alex Hawke will be voting against the filter in parliament.

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Opposition leader Tony Abbott yesterday expressed his views about the internet filter in a joint interview, following fresh on the heels of a report that Liberal MP Alex Hawke will be voting against the filter in parliament.

"Well look... we haven't seen the legislation, okay, and we won't be seeing it for quite some time," said Abbott, "in principle, and this is just a personal view... I think that it makes sense to try to ensure that we don't have pornography of the worst kind coming into homes through the internet... without appropriate parental supervision and knowledge."

However the Opposition leader remained coy about his party's stance on the issue.

"So in principle I think that it is fair enough to try to ensure that Australian families are protected from the worst sorts of pornography. But we haven't seen the legislation. We don't know just how practical it is going to be and we'll have a position on this once we see the legislation," said Abbott.

Earlier this week Shadow communications minister Tony Smith, released a statement claiming that the coalition supported measures "to protect children from inappropriate content". The coalition expressed their doubt about the government's capacity to implement the filter successfully, describing it potentially "unmanageable" and called for an audit on the internet filter report.

Topic: Censorship

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  • greens

    looks like all those who will never vote labor because of the filter, will be voting greens.

    because abbott and the libs/nats want the filter too.
    abbott just doesnt have the balls to come out and say it.
    anonymous
  • Wait, and look at the history

    Clive Hamilton (Greens candidate) was the person who pushed the idea of the internet filter with Kevin Rudd in the first place.

    The Greens obviously aren't the party you're looking for.

    I think the Aust. Sex Party may be the way to go.
    anonymous
  • Hm,.,.

    I normally rock up on polling day and place a 1 in a random independents box - don’t bother much about the Big 4 parties.
    anonymous
  • Don't forget about preference votes.

    The Greens gave preference votes to Labor in the last election, which means if you vote for Greens, you vote for Labor.

    So be careful who you vote for. I'd go for independents if possible.
    anonymous
  • pirate party, sex party, greens.

    Hopefully this is the start of australia moving away from a two party government.
    anonymous
  • We need more Xenophons

    Abbott obviously doesn't understand the odious filter plan for secret censorship (now that's a surprise), so he'll probably vote for it because Conroy says it will save all the children.

    And the Green/red brigade have gone to water on opposing secret government censorship (hey, it works in all the People's Democratic Repugnants), so that leaves us with - what?
    anonymous
  • Internet Censorship

    Mr Abbott - If you want to stop pornography of the worst kind coming into peoples homes via the internet.
    Bring back the Netalert scheme. You know the free optional pc based filters that you could install on your own computer if you wanted too.
    Problem solved. Now you don't even need to look at the legislation,
    anonymous
  • Below the line

    Just vote below the line and you can send your preferences where ever you want.
    anonymous
  • Pirate Party

    Im thinking the Pirate Party...
    anonymous
  • greens

    careful your vote could go to labor,whats more
    that cretin clive hamilton is after a green seat
    and the mere picture of a child eating a ice block is pornography the sick basterd.
    vote sex party keep away from the main parties they have been infiltrated by religious extremists
    anonymous