Sen. Conroy announced today that the mandatory filter is going to be put onto the back-burner until an independent inquiry has been held.
The review, which Senator Conroy says is likely to take about a year, will look at what makes up “refused classification” rated content.
Senator Conroy says internet service providers Telstra, Optus and Primus have agreed to block websites known to contain child pornography in the meantime.
Wow, I bet they’ll be blocking dozens of sites for the brief period before the didn’t-catch-the-cluetrain people behind them are arrested. But they won’t be blocking the file-sharing networks where most child pornography actually resides, mainly because they can’t.
A few people see this as a classic Sir Humphrey move to get rid of an unworkable policy without appearing to back down just before an election. We can only hope.