SA Government Backs Down On Comment Censorship Plan

After a day of furious online commentary, the South Australian government has backed down on its ludicrous plans to force commenters on election-related matters to reveal their full name and postcode.

The backdown, just one day after the laws were introduced, won't take place until the next election, but the proposal seems effectively dead already. If nothing else, it's a reminder that protesting can be a powerful tool -- something to bear in mind with the still active and still stupid proposals for the national Internet filter.

Attorney-General Michael Atkinson vows to repeal election internet censorship law amid reader furore [The Advertiser via]


    I just received a letter from the SA AG this morning.. Haven't had a chance to read it yet but it will be about the non existant R18+ rating for games in Australia
    I send the letter about 2 months ago.

    More importantly, it is a huge embarrassment to the Labor Party in general so this should raise his profile there (in a bad way) and may get them looking at the game classification debate.

    I think they've updated this further: the law will be repealed immediately. There was further outrage about it being an "election promise" and not a proper repeal of the law.

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