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Australian gov't delays content filtering bill

The country's communication minister has said the plan to block 'refused classification' material hosted overseas will go ahead after more consultation

The Australian federal government has delayed the introduction of legislation that will make it mandatory for internet service providers to block 'refused classification' content hosted on overseas servers.

Communications minister Stephen Conroy said on 15 December that the federal government would go ahead with its plans to block 'refused classification' material on the internet after he considered an independent report conducted by Enex TestLab.

The report said that filtering would have negligible impact on the speed of the internet. The minister also released a public consultation paper requesting accountability and transparency measures the government could consider with implementation.

For more on this story, see Consultation raises 'issues', delays filter Bill on ZDNet Australia.