[Linux-aus] The federal election - what ICT policies have been announced? (fwd)

Ben Jensz plug at jensz.id.au
Fri Oct 1 09:49:02 UTC 2004

But the best part of that is that they realise that this may be a 
prohibitive cost for smaller ISPs, but they don't see why we need 100s 
of ISPs in Australia and think we'd be better off with just 30 large 
ISPs instead:

"This may have the result of putting cost pressures on some of the 
smaller ISPs, but there are arguably too many of these at the moment, 
and adequate competition could be maintained with 30 ISPs rather than 
the hundreds in existence now," it said.


So if competition is something they're willing to sacrifice to push 
their christian fundamentalist ideals, then what else are they prepared 
to sacrifice in the name of "protecting our children"?

/ Ben

Paul Dwerryhouse wrote:

>On Wed, Sep 29, 2004 at 11:10:09AM +0800, Bret Busby wrote:
>>For anyone who's interested...
>They forgot Family First's policy:
>"Family First will work to achieve Government commitment to establish a
>Mandatory Filtering Scheme at the ISP Server Level in this country. A
>combination of Government subsidy and industry contributions could be
>explored to fund set up of such a scheme. Whilst set up costs will be
>large at $45 million, Family First believes that this cost is justified
>for the protection of vulnerable children within our community.
>Family First will propose that once set up, this scheme will be funded
>through a levy system so as to spread ongoing costs equitably amongst
>all end users. Family First expects this levy would be of the order of
>between $7 and $10 annually per end user."

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