Australia goes to the polls this weekend, and the likely winner quietly added Net censorship to its platform, as spotted by ZDNet:
A Liberal National government in Australia would adopt the opt-out UK approach to filtering the internet for all Australians.
The policy comes less than 41 hours before polls open for voting in the federal election where the Coalition is currently expected to win. It is also almost a year after the Labor government abandoned its plans for mandatory internet filtering, and three years after the Coalition announced that it would not support a policy for mandatory internet filtering.
As that notes, the current Australian government dropped plans for mandatory censorship, after many years of trying to bring it in. This makes the Coalition's unexpected decision to add it without any public consultation deeply disappointing. Although the justification for this move is the tried-and-tested "for the children" argument, it seems to have been a last-minute decision. That's suggested by the lack of information on how exactly the system would work:
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