Greens remain concerned over internet filter

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The Australian Greens today reiterated their strong concerns over the Government's internet filter plan.

"The Greens position on the Government's proposed internet filtering plan remains the same - we have serious concerns over the viability of the scheme being put forward by Communications Minister Conroy," said Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

"Dr Clive Hamilton (recently announced Greens candidate for Higgins by-election) has, in the past, outlined his support for any system designed to prevent children accessing pornography online - a sentiment that the Australian Greens fully support.

"We are still awaiting an actual policy from the Government - the Greens will make a final call once we've seen the trial results and some hint of an actual policy from the Government.

"There are still numerous problems with the Governments approach, including technical shortcomings highlighted by a range of experts in the field, issues surrounding the secret contents of the ACMA blacklist, and the potential assault on free speech that the filter represents. Most importantly, we await evidence the system as proposed will do anything to address genuine and valid concerns about children's access to online pornography."

"The Greens will stay at the forefront of the campaign to throw an accountability spotlight on the Government's proposal."

"In the meantime, I'm proud to support Dr Hamilton's campaign to make history in the Higgins by-election we couldn't have a better advocate for a safe climate and his run couldn't come at a better time."

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