We’ve all been making lots of noise about the government’s proposed mandatory Internet filter, and it’s just possible it’s had an effect: it now looks like the legislation might not be passed prior to the next election.
Nicola Berkovic at The Australian reports that a spokesperson for comms minister Senator Stephen Conroy has confirmed that the legislation for the controversial proposal won’t appear in Parliament before August at the earliest. While an election doesn’t need to be called before April, the government could call an early double-dissolution election prior to that date, which could make censorship a major issue. It’s hardly a guarantee, though, so if you’re opposed to the legislation, continue to make your feelings known to your local member.
Rudd retreats on web filter legislation [The Australian]