Here is a letter I wrote to my local member, Tanya Plibersek. I included the text of my recent SToC post.
If you also agree with my line of argument, I encourage you to also draft a similar message to your local MPs and Senators be they Liberal, Labor or Green.
Thank you for your reply to an e-mail I wrote you regarding my concerns with the Government's ill-conceived plan to introduce mandatory ISP level filtering.
Your statement that the government has no intention to stop adults viewing material that is currently legal would appear to contradict the following facts:
- Senator Conroy has stated that the filter would block inappropriate and unwanted material and has thus far refused to clarify the meaning of these terms
- Senator Conroy has stated that the filter would be based on the ACMA black list
- the ACMA blacklist already contains material which is legal for adults to possess and view (e.g. X-rated videos, nudity)
Having been mystified as to why the Government was proposing a solution that is guaranteed to be technically ineffective, I think I now understand why. The objective can't be to block access to extreme and illegal pornography because that aim is easily defeated. No, it is clear that the objective of this filter is to moderate the porn consumption habits of middle Australia. This objective may even be somewhat effectively achieved as the experience of the Chinese firewall shows.
I explain why this thesis is more reasonable than the explanation being proffered by the Government in a piece that I have included below.
I think the Australian public will easily identify with this argument, in which case the Government's policy will fast become toxic to the political interests of the Australian Labor Party. If, having read my thesis, you agree, I encourage you to lobby your colleagues so that you may rescue the political fortunes of the ALP before it is too late. If you don't, I am sure the Greens and the Liberal Party of Australia will gladly assist.