Australian Communications Minister delays internet filter bill

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says he plans to introduce legislation for the Federal Government’s internet filter in the second half of the year.Senator Conroy had intended to introduce the legislation in the first half of 2010.The Government announced the filter two years ago as part of its cyber safety program to protect children from pornography and offensive material. Last year it ran tests on the system. see:Conroy unlikely to reveal secret filter forum results
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has announced the closure of an online forum used by the Australian Government and Internet service providers in discussing the implementation of the Government’s proposed mandatory Internet filter.Speaking at a Senate budget estimates hearing, the department deputy secretary, Abul Rizvi, said that the online forum had closed but “the consultation with ISPs on this is ongoing”.

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