Australia is to join the oppressive likes of China, Burma (Myanmar) and Saudi Arabia, when the new Labour Government introduces a national porn filter scheme that will slow down Australia’s already appallingly slow internet access speeds. Under the plan, all internet service providers will be required to provide a “clean” feed to households and schools, free of pornography and other inappropriate material. Any internet users who want to “opt out” of the clean feed will have to contact their ISP. In Australia, which is supposedly a Liberal democracy, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said everything possible had to be done to shield children from violent and pornographic online material.
I’m wondering how long before they force it on everyone and what will be the criteria exactly for a block. How long before its used as a tool to block freedom of speech. This makes me think of this little Poem.
In Germany, they came first for the Communists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist
And then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist
And then they came for the Jews,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew
And then . . . they came for me . . .
And by that time there was no one left to speak up.
By Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)