Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Senator Conroy has responded

A few weeks ago, I wrote an email to the good Senator Conroy with my opposition to his draconian, inefficient, and generally poor idea to spend Australian tax payers money on an internet filter that will surround the whole of Australia. Finally, I have had a response from him, or his office:
Thank you for your correspondence and your interest in internet service provider (ISP) filtering.

Attached is information from the Minister on this matter. In addition, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has prepared material on a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding ISP filtering. This list is available on the Department’s website at

These FAQs will be updated regularly to provide you with the most up to date information on ISP filtering issues.

We hope this information is of assistance.

The Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy

Is it too much for some of these elected officials, and their staff to read what I actually sent them? Essentially I've written a letter of complaint, and they have responded with an email of what they going to offer. It's almost like if they say it as loud and as many times as possible, it will silence any on opposing it, and it will just get implemented.

I guess I have to consider myself lucky that the response did not label me a paedophile, or a supporter of child pornography!

Do we really want elected officials that do NOT listen to what the people ask them? I doubt the good Senator Conroy even has a good understanding of the internet (according to an article on Do something about it!


  1. The challenge in getting an answer Ric_Man, lies in the nature of the Internet. Groups of people, most of them putting less thought into it than you, are bombarding the easily reachable email addresses with a mix of genuine questions, complaints and mostly thinly guised spleen venting and spam.
    If they needed to actually write a letter and post it, the volume would drop by 98% and your genuine complaint would get some time and attention.
    Sometimes we are hostage to the technology we love so much....

  2. I will admit I did use the "template" email (from the site) to start off with, but I did add my own bits. None of the personal comments were addressed by the good Senator Conroy. Hopefully this whole censorship machine will just die, as more opposition grows.