Labor being 'bloody minded' on filter

Summary:Liberal MP Alex Hawke has described Labor's relentless pursuit of mandatory internet filtering as "bloody minded".

Liberal MP Alex Hawke has described Labor's relentless pursuit of mandatory internet filtering after the change of Prime Minister as "bloody minded".

Hawke, also deputy chair of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety, said that today's discussion at a committee round-table discussion has proven that the internet filter was not a good idea.

"Content filtering does not solve problems of identity theft, cyber bullying, cyberstalking and many other concerns of internet use," he said.

Internet service providers, unions and parent groups presented at the round-table discussion.

Hawke added that the best way to protect people online was to teach them to use "the filter between their ears", and added that Conroy was insulting internet users by accusing them of wanting to "opt in to child pornography".

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam also questioned Labor's pursuit of the filter.

"Why establish a cyber-safety committee if you plan on ploughing ahead, regardless of the evidence it receives?"

Senator Ludlam urged Prime Minister Gillard to put the internet filter on hold until a proper discussion could be held.

(Front page image credit: Bloody nose image by Chet Thomas, CC 2.0)

Topics: Censorship, Government : AU

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