Conroy Anti-Gouging, But Still Pro-Censorship

Bugger. Just when Senator Stephen Conroy got back into our good books with the long-overdue inquiry into price gouging, he gets all gung-ho and says the internet filter censorship plan is still actively moving forward with new developments "soon". Stephen, oh Stephen, when will you learn?

At a press briefing earlier today, Conroy was inevitably asked about both the pricing inquiry and the still-on-the-boil filtering issue. Here's what he had to say about the inquiry, starting with the evident problem with different charges in different markets for digital goods and the effect of the rising Australian dollar:

It's not like it's got to be shipped here. There might have been a transport cost issue or a distribution cost issue if it was a book or it was a physical product. So it does become a live debate. I welcome Ed [Husic] leading the debate on this, I welcome his participation. I'll be talking to the chair and to Ed over the next few days. I spoke to Ed yesterday and we agreed to catch up next week. We're keen to try and get them out as soon as we can. This is about highlighting the fact — I think one company has already responded to the naming and shaming. These companies now have an opportunity to explain why there is this price differential. Maybe there is a legitimate reason. Now we have got a forum where we can ask the question as see what they've got to say — or is it just simple profiteering based on a business model when the dollar was at 75 cents rather than a dollar?

And here's what he said about filtering, starting with the voluntary Interpol :

75% of Australian users are being voluntarily filtered with no impact on speed, almost no mention of it having impact. The Internet Industry Association has indicated that they have got a voluntary filter that they were looking to at introducing. I welcome that and I'm looking forward to some discussions with them. So I think we're making good progress in the area We've got the recommendations from the Law Reform Commission, which I've said, and I stand by it, where they fall in terms of what's in RC and what isn't in RC, I don't have a particular perspective . . . I'm very comfortable with what they've bought back. It fairly much aligns with the international list. I would hopefully be progressing that a little bit further soon. I would hope to be able to have some more conversations soon.

Gives with one hand, takes with the other.

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      Gizmodo, not doing ANY filtering of comments???

      Your comment has been refused classification [RC] and shall therefore be purged from the internet in the interest of keeping all of our sacred religious morals pure and all children safe.

        Not to mention ilegal. It doesn't matter where or in what format you say it. threatening the healf and safety of another human being is ilegal.

    Everytime I see a picture of that nonce, I think of John Hammond in Jurassic Park saying "I really hate that man".

      I hope he gets eaten by a T-Rex off of a toilet stall, too.

        That toilet is so clean, you could eat your Conroy off of it?

    As clueless as ever re. filtering. Should start working for us, not on us.

    Conjob is not the sort of politician that Australia needs. Can we get someone who understands the people rather than the religious fringe?

      Not if we go with the only alternative. Tony and his cronies seem to guided by myths and misinformation too.

    If it's voluntary and comes from an opt-in process, I'm fine with it, aslong as I don't have it

      It's not voluntary for the users though. If your ISP voluntarily filters the internet it's still mandatory for you.

    "75% of Australian users are being voluntarily filtered with no impact on speed, almost no mention of it having impact"

    Big difference between the lists the ISPs use and what would be a crippling sized list if signed into law.
    I'm quite sure you could get a heap of Anons to troll through the net, find every single pornographic site that has anything that could be considered a fetish (such as spanking or anal), and submit it to the classification to be classified as RC (as our laws would currently require them to do so).

    Quickly fill up a couple of million entires and what the whole system crumble.
    Good on ya Conroy, way to piss off all the voters you won with the NBN business.

    That word "voluntary", I don't think it means what you think it means Senator Conroy.

      Oh he knows exactly what it means. He's deliberately misleading people again.

    Articles like this are why you're 10x better than that Logan Booker Labor Party Apparatchik.

    Stephen Conjob won't be around much longer whether you like him or not. Alas Mr Rarbit, as Gillard calls him, will be let loose.

    Can't wait to send him and his cohorts packing at the next election!

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