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An open letter to Senator the Hon. Stephen Conroy 
19th-Feb-2008 10:59 am
Attn: Senator the Hon. Stephen Conroy

re: http://www.theage.com.au/news/web/web-porn-software-filter-a-dud/2008/02/16/1203190635858.html

I read with great interest today in The Age that the Rudd Government has declared that the NetAlert filtering software is a failure due to its lack of uptake by the Australian public.

I would like to suggest to you that the lack of interest in installing the filtering software could also be used to gauge the public interest in having any filtering performed on the internet feeds at all.

While I applaud your stance of protecting children from danger, I also am disappointed by the apparent lack of consideration to the fact that many of the internet users in Australia are full grown adults, able to
make their own decisions about what is appropriate for their own consumption.

I was quite surprised to find myself supporting any Howard Government plan, but it was the choice that was given to Australians that actually made this an attractive option.

I would like to ask you to consider all Australians and their opportunities to make the choices most appropriate for themselves when planning your government's policies regarding the internet. It presents a great opportunity to our country to shorten the distances between us and the rest of the world, and to present all Australians with access to an unparallelled font of information. Placing impediments that slow or interfere with access to that information seems to be counter to the stated aims of your government to bring all Australian's access to that same network.

thank you for your time,
Damien Moore

ps: please note that I will be making the text of this letter public, and do not regard it as a private communication.
19th-Feb-2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Well said sir.

(Nitpicky point - there's no apostrophe required in Australians in the last sentence.) :-)

19th-Feb-2008 03:14 am (UTC)
19th-Feb-2008 03:21 am (UTC)
Yes Eeyore?
19th-Feb-2008 08:32 am (UTC)
Actually, if we are talking about something belonging to Australians it should look like this:


The only word where you can completely do away with the apostrophe for the possessive case is

19th-Feb-2008 08:41 am (UTC)
But we're not - it's used in the purely plural sense.

Otherwise, yes - you're exactly correct.

19th-Feb-2008 11:30 am (UTC)
I like your taking a stance on the government's need for picking up everyone and squishing them all into a little box marked 'protect from harms way including children's fears such as monsters under the bed'. *nod*
19th-Feb-2008 11:31 am (UTC)
I hate living in a lowest common denominator world. I think a little danger and a little bit of a challenge would make people wake up a bit. Ask me about 40km/hr zone idiocy sometime. :)
19th-Feb-2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. Seriously - it starts at 2.30 - an hour before most schools finish - and also encompasses about a k's worth of space where school kids will not be. How many people drive past a school where a bunch of school kids are crossing the road and SPEED UP?

Not unlike this problem is Hampton Street- a 60km zone, which is very badly affected at peak hour. During peak hour it is impossible for anyone to go faster than about 10kms. Anyone who does this is likely to hit something or someone VERY VERY SOON. Nonetheless, some bright spark has suggested they make the street a permanent 40km zone. Yeah. So while driving along this street at, say, 10pm at night, you get to go a total of 40km! Win. For. All. -_-
19th-Feb-2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
the one that drives me spare is Princes Hwy in St Kilda. There's a FUCKING overpass and two seperate sets of lights, but apparently some people's children are too stupid to realise they shouldn't run across in front of traffic, so a main city artery is made brain dead.

There's one in NSW where you're roaring along at 100km/hr, and some dumbfuck one horse town appears, with two houses, one school and 17 drooling morons apparently, and you have to suddenly drop to 40km/hr. On a school day.

Because, you know, I am FUCKING PSYCHIC and know when that is.

19th-Feb-2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we don't know when their kids are at school or not - who knows what kinda weird country-town-people holiday they've made up, like ... for hay or sheep. Town Sheep Day.
23rd-Feb-2008 05:47 am (UTC)
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You should stop by and check out www.steveross4pres.com (http://www.steveross4pres.com)

It's funny as hell, I think you would like it!

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