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Internet Filter Delayed Until At Least 2013

We’ve known since mid-year that the ludicrous Internet filter concept was on the backburner pending a classification review. Based on current plans, that means there’ll probably be no chance to introduce it before 2013.

John Hilvert at iTnews reports that advice prepared to issue to the incoming government suggests that by the time a classification review of the RC category has been agreed to by state Attorneys-General, completed and then implemented into legislation, it is likely to be 2013. Whether the current government is still in power at that point is probably up for debate.

As we’ve said before: while not getting a filter for a while is good and there doesn’t seem much chance filter legislation would make it through the Senate in the current parliament, there’s no sign of Labor actually stepping away from its plans. The issue may well go quiet for a while, but this isn’t a battle that’s been won.

Mandatory ISP filtering stalled until mid-2013 [iTnews]