Australian Government's Web Filtering Plan Again In Doubt

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The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Australian Government's plan to filter the Internet beginning next month has "effectively been scuttled."

According to the story, Senator Nick Xenophon, has decided "to join the Greens and Opposition in blocking any legislation required to get the scheme started."

The Herald story also states that, "Opposition's communications spokesman Nick Minchin has this week obtained independent legal advice saying that if the Government is to pursue a mandatory filtering regime 'legislation of some sort will almost certainly be required'. "

Whether the Australian Government will try to proceed in spite of the legal advice the Opposition has received remains to be seen; it does seem to have an uncommonly strong desire to see whether it can boil the ocean.

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