$189 million on anti-porn?!

15 08 2007

Our government rarely makes wise IT decisions.  Recently they announced that they are going to invest $189 million on a new anti-pornography initiative.  A politically sound decision (to score the Christian church vote) this is an otherwise obscene waste of taxpayers money.

I don’t have a problem with the $22 million that is dedicated to educating parents through a broad "public awareness and education campaign" of Internet safety issues.  There are real issues with online safety that parents must be aware of.  Nor do I have a problem with the $11.7 million community outreach programs to spread a similar message.

The problem I have is with the $89 million that will be used to establish Australia’s National Filter Scheme.  No, no, no!  I don’t want our government determining what I can and cannot look at or download.  They’re bound to screw it up.  Not to mention that it’s completely futile; if people want to download or look at pornography they will.

In short, I think the Australian National Filter Scheme is a terrible idea – a waste of taxpayers money, futile, and a shameless grab for Christian votes.

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