Attn: Senator the Hon. Stephen Conroy
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,
ps: please note that I will be making the text of this letter public, and do not regard it as a private communication.