The first rule of censorship…
Saturday July 24th 2010, 4:24 pm

…is that you cannot talk about censorship.

No Minister: 90% of web snoop document censored to stop ‘premature unnecessary debate’

July 23, 2010
The federal government has censored approximately 90 per cent of a secret document outlining its controversial plans to snoop on Australians’ web surfing, obtained under freedom of information (FoI) laws, out of fear the document could cause “premature unnecessary debate”.

The government has been consulting with the internet industry over the proposal, which would require ISPs to store certain internet activities of all Australians – regardless of whether they have been suspected of wrongdoing – for law-enforcement agencies to access.

All parties to the consultations have been sworn to secrecy.

Um, no. Not in a liberal democracy.

Would like McClelland to tell me exactly what sort of debate is ‘unnecessary.’ I’ll suggest that it’s only the sort that criticises such repugnant and unnecessary schemes.


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Coming election is an invitation to join them in the cesspit. Anybody with a basic understanding of history knows that this, if implemented, is not going to end well for anybody, right, left or center.

Comment by melchior 07.25.10 @ 12:58 pm

The First Rule of Censorship is… You Do Not Talk about Censorship!

Comment by MaxF 07.26.10 @ 5:45 pm

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