Don't review filter blacklist: Christian group

Don't review filter blacklist: Christian group

Summary: Family Voice Australia said in a submission on suggested transparency measures for the government's planned internet filter that regular reviews of material judged to be Refused Classification would be "overly bureaucratic".

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Family Voice Australia said in a submission on suggested transparency measures for the government's planned internet filter that regular reviews of material judged to be Refused Classification would be "overly bureaucratic".

The group stated that "the majority of material that was likely to be considered to be Refused Classification will be straightforwardly so". Refused Classification content should therefore be determined by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) with "no good reason to refer such material routinely to the Classification Board".

The group did qualify these statements, suggesting that the Classification Board be consulted when "it is unclear whether the material should properly be classified as Refused Classification, or the website owner or non-vexatious third-party queries the inclusion of the material on the Refused Classification blacklist".

In the Family Voice submission paper, the group agreed to the government's discussion paper, which proposed that material from overseas hosts should be automatically added to the Refused Classification list without reference to the Classification Board, as long as the material had been referred by "highly reputable overseas agencies".

Finally, the group argued that "there is no need to add additional layers of accountability such as independent reviewers or industry group review".

However, many other submissions, such as Yahoo and Google, believed that additional reviews were necessary and that what should be deemed Refused Classification was at this point a grey area.

Family Voice is a Christian group that promotes itself as "a Christian voice for family, faith and freedom". The group has previously voiced concerns about sexual content, protesting the new television code of practice, which was introduced late last year, believing they would allow broadcasters to air "explicit pornography" before 9pm.

According to the ABC, ACMA upheld the group's explicit content complaint in December last year, against Channel 10's Californication, which aired at 9:30pm.

There has been widespread opposition to the government's internet filter, with many groups arranging rallies and protests to speak out against the scheme. One group even carried out distributed-denial-of-service attacks on the government.

Topics: Censorship, Enterprise Software, Government AU

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  • The group certainly doesn't speak for me or many other Christians I know.
    ozherbie
  • You really have to ask what proportion or community do they honestly believe they represent? We're clearly seeing a level of double standards. They want no review to take place and a simplistic black and white approach to what is RC. Yet get up in arms when RC changes to community standards and norms. Church & State have no place together.
    neoghostz
  • Even BlindFreddy can understand the point of these "christian groups". All you have to do is look to the outspoken attitudes of hard line Muslim clerics in many-and-various theocratic-states (hint: middle-east region). They too insist that government should have absolute and final say in censoring anything and everything that you might possibly stumble across on the internet. They too insist that there's no need for further oversight and review. They too insist that "they know what is best for you" because "their god" has given them clear and specific instruction.
    BlindFreddy
  • "Family Voice is a Christian group that promotes itself as "a Christian voice for family, faith and freedom"."

    A Christian voice for Freedom. They either have a warped view on "Freedom", or their idea of "Christian Freedom" for the majority of the population means Christian Oppression.

    I'm a Christian, but they don't represent my voice.

    I wonder how happy they would be with a different faith creating a lobby group to impose their beliefs that differ from the Christian faith on the Australian Population.

    Freedom... Yeah right...
    AkiraDoe
  • As a Christian they certainly don't speak for me on this issue.
    pepsta
  • Instead of imposing their Christian dogma based on the belief in an imaginary deity; perhaps they should divert to a target closer to home & focus on 'Protecting The Children' from their own clergy!
    grump3
  • LOL - well, they had better add the King James Version of the christian bible to the blacklist as well - it contains material on sexual abuse, suicide, drug use, murder and pretty much all other filth as well.
    lol223345
  • - which proposed that material from overseas hosts should be automatically added to the Refused Classification list without reference to the Classification Board, as long as the material had been referred by "highly reputable overseas agencies"

    Does anybody else see this as a highly convoluted statement?
    Let me get this straight - If a highly reputable (if there is such a thing) overseas agency decides something is refused classification then it does not need to go through Australia's Classification Board for revue and is automatically added to the RC list which will then be blocked by Conroy's "Filter".

    Ummm...Am I the only one the see this a fundamentally STUPID idea? I mean if your site has been labeled RC who do you petition to have that decision overturned, the ACMA or some pie in the sky "Reputable Overseas Agency"?

    And what do you classify as a "Reputable Overseas Agency"? I'm sure China, Iraq and Iran etc considers that they are reputable overseas agencies.

    For crying out loud, PUT BRAIN INTO GEAR BEFORE ENGAGING MOUTH.

    Cry Freedom
    Cry_Freedom
  • Oh and BTW, just because the Christian lobby groups don't mind the idea of having the Government put Hear no Evil, Say No Evil, See no Evil filters (not that it will work) on the internet doesn't mean that everybody else has to like the idea of being force fed their brainwashed ideas and swallowing this crap about what the filter should or shouldn't do just because they themselves are used to being brainwashed.

    I prefer freedom than their simplistic moralistic prison.
    Cry_Freedom
  • A "Reputable Overseas Agency" to stipulate what Australians are not allowed to see??? Without an Australian ever laying eyes on what is censored??? Without an independent body to contiguously review the black list???

    Is this all just a bad dream?? Or has the world gone totally nuts around???
    anom-6dfbe
  • So all we need to do now is setup some "reputable organisation" in some overseas country, then eventually pass along alp.org.au and liberal.org.au as RC material and then watch the fune ensue.
    changlinn
  • "reputable organisation" .. like the Chinese Government perhaps?
    Cambo-20da7
  • Who is this "Family Voice Australia"?
    Some weird brainwashing cult masquerading as a church?
    They certainly don't speak for this Christian.
    I firmly believe that the Lord Jesus would denounce this filter as the work of the devil.
    Yoda7
  • Why specifically KJV? Take any translation of "The Bible" and you can find your fair share of smut, innuendo **** bestiality, prostitution, sexual slavery, sale of children, incest.

    Of course, we'll have to filter out Shakespeare as well.

    If a legitimate business is "blacklisted" what financial restitution measures exist for loss of business?
    Treknology