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Friday, 17 December 2010 09:19

Aussies take a novel approach to porn

Written by Nick Farell
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It is ok if you are a government worker
While the Aussie government is frantically trying to censor Internet porn by building a Chinese style web filter, it is proving less hard on government employees who surf for the stuff during work hours.

Recently there was a scandal down under when it was discovered that government workers were spending a lot of work time downloading porn on their tax-payer funded computers. Now the Sydney Morning Herald has discovered that the NSW Parliament will not discipline or even identify staff members or MPs who used the parliamentary computer system to access websites that contained ''sexually explicit images of young people''.

The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Richard Torbay, and the President of the Legislative Council, Amanda Fazio, have declared the matter closed and stuck his fingers in his ears and went La, la, la when hacks asked questions about the matter. The Crown Solicitor was that there was ''no legal obligation to refer the information in the report to the NSW Police Force''.

While it is all an obvious breach of the Parliament's IT guidelines the fact that no staff or MPs who accessed the pornographic sites will remain secret means that everyone is getting away scot free. The sites should have been caught in Parliament's web filter, ContentKeeper, which is so strict it classified personal web-based email such as Yahoo!, sport, news, fashion and food sites as adult content.

Australia is putting an emphasis on web filters as part of a national plan, but if they can't get them to work on a small scale, then the question remains how they can get them to go on a national level. It seems that with both MPs and government workers being named and shamed by a classified report on the matter, no one is keen to do anything about it.  As a result the report is being hushed up until a whistleblower passes it onto the media.

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+11 #1 Warhead 2010-12-17 11:42
Isn't that the same goverment that bans 18+ rate computer games?
 
 
+12 #2 ph0b0s 2010-12-17 12:27
Quoting Warhead:
Isn't that the same goverment that bans 18+ rate computer games?


The very same. They are also delaying bring in an 18+ rating even though every hurdle they put in front of it and study they do on it shows that it should be in place.

This story again highlights what a joke the Australian Government is. Such a great country, such a rubbish government.
 
 
+6 #3 aussiebear 2010-12-17 13:34
The current Australian Govt is run by Labor + Greens + Independents.

Labor? Well intentioned. But really bad in terms of execution and implementing policies.

Greens? Idealists. Their policies don't really improve things for all of Australia.

Independents? Mostly interested in getting better deals for the specific areas they represent.

So what of the Opposition?

Liberals/Nationals? => Is led by a guy who seems a bit untrustworthy. (Half of Australia didn't trust him in the Election.)

Overall? There's no real choice; as there are no real leaders in Australia!

Currently, the Mandatory Filter is in limbo because it won't have the numbers to pass through the Senate. We'll encounter the issue again in 2011. *sigh*
 
 
+2 #4 jonelsorel 2010-12-17 22:18
Sorry Australian rulers, could you be MORE retarded? While it's obvious you're taking small but bold steps towards a not so distant totalitarian regime, is this the best way you can think of? Idiotic cheekiness? Why not just give govt workers complete immunity from the law?

We have our own share of lazy, indolent, low iq, careless senators and deputies - but then again.. we're not part of the commonwealth.
 

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