Conroy: "I'm Not Into Opting In On Child Porn"

Renai LeMay over at Delimiter was at a door stop interview with Senator Conroy this afternoon. And if you thought the change in Prime Minister might bring some common sense to the party regarding its plans for a mandatory internet filter, you'd be wrong. When asked about Kate Lundy's proposed "opt-in" amendments to the proposed legislation, Conroy responded by saying, "I'm not into opting in on child porn".

There were a few questions about the NBN and the Telstra structural separation, but it was Conroy's response to the filter question that is important here. Aside from pulling out the standard "child porn" response, the minister also claimed that they had "an election commitment" to deliver as a justification for the party's stance.

Aside from the fact that the proposed filter's current form is absolutely nothing like that one-liner election commitment that was thrown out a week before the election, the claim that an opt-in filter means you're opting in on child porn just goes to show that the minister is so blinded by his ignorance that the only defence he has for the plan is to paint opponents of the filter as child pornographers.

We're disappointed that the Labor party didn't take the opportunity to move Senator Conroy away from the communications portfolio in place of Senator Lundy with the new Prime Minister. But we're not going to sit back and watch the government argue that people who don't agree with them are child pornographers. We're going to step this thing up a gear. Stay tuned.

[Delimiter]

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