Arriving in the mail sometime over the past week (while I was away on holidays) was my reply from Senator Conroy to the letter I sent however many months ago. It's clear it took this many months for him to reply because he needed that much time to read through my letter and ponder deeply on all the points raised... it's obvious that a lot of thought went into the decision to send me a generic form letter that doesn't answer even one of my questions.
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised at this point, but I'm going to send in a reply. With essentially the same questions in it, but with a more direct tone ("The proposal will do x
, and what're you going to do about it?" instead of "x
is bad, so be careful, yeah?")... I don't expect anything different to happen, probably just get another copy of the same form letter, but I'm a glutton for punishment.
Perhaps the most offensive part of the form letter I received was conveniently right up the top of the letter:
Senator Conroy, or (more likely) one of his minions, wrote:I am aware that the issue of ISP filtering has attracted criticism from people who are concerned that it will lead to censorship of the internet.
Freedom of speech is fundamentally important in a democratic society. For many years however, most Australians have accepted that there is some material which is not acceptable, particularly for children.
The genesis of this is in civil society where social conflict is governed by the imposition of rules that restrain citizens from harming one another and society as a whole accepts that the public interest requires that those rules be enforced.
Yes, that's right. In three short paragraphs, the senator has collected every single argument from the angles of censorship and freedom-of-speech, and lumped them all together as people who don't understand the social contract, and think that child porn should be protected speech. Clearly there's no other
reason why censorship or freedom-of-speech could be a concern, as child porn is the only thing that could possibly be affected by the filtering. Fuckers.