Australia Censors Free Speech and The Hip Forums!

Discussion in 'Australia' started by skip, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. skip

    skip Founder Staff Member

    In case you aren't aware, Australia has now started to censor the Hip Forums. There is a new program underway that is blocking more than 10,000 websites, including this one. This is probably due to the fact that we discuss DRUGS here! horrors!

    There is no Free Speech provision in Australian law so they can censor the Internet, TV, and books all they want, and they certainly do!

    In Queensland it's illegal to sell any books referring to marijuana, including grow books.

    Another website I work on, is likewise banned in Australia.

    So if you have ANY illusions that Australia is some kind of "Free Country", get real!

    For more info read this article about Internet Censorship in Australia...

    If you are an Australian and cannot access this site, you can use a proxy to get around their censorship. So you can see just how effective their efforts are...

    So much for this new Labor government being liberal... yeah right.
  2. Bilby

    Bilby Freerangertarian Staff Member

    Skip, you should consider it an honour to be censored :D. I copied pasted the icmac website and found it.
  3. chemigals

    chemigals They call me Chemi

    i never knew things were so tight over there,wow!
  4. FlyingManDan

    FlyingManDan Member

    I thought the site was just down for the last few days, I had no idea this was already in effect.
  5. guy

    guy Senior Member

    i suspect the computer geeks will strike against this soon
  6. skip

    skip Founder Staff Member

    674 out of 1370 blocked sites on the mandatory list relate to child pornography; 506 sites would be classified as R18+ or X18+, despite the fact that such content is legal to view in Australia (note this is down from 10,000+ websites supposedly on the original list).

    On 11 February 2009 a new filtering trial was announced, initially with the ISPs iPrimus Telecommunications, Tech 2U, Webshield, OMNIconnect, Netforce and Highway 1. Testing with each ISP will take place for at least six weeks once filtering equipment has been obtained and installed, and iPrimus expects the trial to begin in late April or early May with five or ten thousand participants. The trial will be opt-in, with ISPs asking for voluteers, although all WebShield customers already receive a filtered service. None of the top three ISPs, Telstra, Optus and iiNet, have been included in the trial, although iiNet expects to be involved at a later time.

    If this is the only remaining National internet filter in Australia, one that is opt-in at the user level, then no one should still have a problem accessing this site in Australia, unless your mom opted-in on your behalf! ;)
  7. *Heather*

    *Heather* Member

    thats crazy, i had no idea how tight it was over here, nad i live here. even stranger, i have had no problem with this site at all, to my knowledge, i have been able to access everything, how do you know if something is blocked?
  8. MM18

    MM18 Member

    I only seem to be able to access it randomly, I consider today to be a lucky day. What is the proxy method? It may come in handy!
  9. peaceful_son

    peaceful_son Member

    Hey guys

    This is the first time i've been able to access this website in about 3 months. Didn't even register that it had something to do with the net filter. I thought maybe the site as having it's own problems etc.

    Good post skip and you're right, australia is NOT free country. I'm disgusted that the government even thought about a filter. I've had a few half-baked plans of moving to canada if this is voted in (not a certainty by the sounds of it) but still.

    Glad i can log onto the forums again, i was starting to miss this place:)

  10. jamaican_youth

    jamaican_youth Senior Member

    So that explains it, but wait, why's it working again now?
  11. peaceful_son

    peaceful_son Member

    No idea man. I just thought randomly 'i'll check if hip forums works yet' and low and behold it does. I'm with telstra and they aren't involved in the trial (which hasn't begun yet) so i didn't think it was the filter.

    If it is then it is a massive invasion of my rights. Although i remember reading somewhere that australia doesn't have any laws protecting our rights and technically, the government can do whatever the fuck they like and not get in trouble.

    I hope you canadians have room for an aussie, always liked your country (and love ice hockey) so hopefully i can move over there one day soon.

  12. skip

    skip Founder Staff Member

    They dumped the original test plan for a new opt-in plan (opt-in at the USER LEVEL!). So their attempt to censor the net = EPIC FAIL.
  13. peaceful_son

    peaceful_son Member

    haha Epic fail indeed. The general concensus seems to be that eventually the thick headed, stubbourn gov will realise they aren't doing themselves and favours and drop this idea.

    But i wonder. Whats stopping them from trying it again the future when technology has made it easier for them to do so?
    I worry for our rights in the future.

  14. guy

    guy Senior Member

    you can get around the web filtering via a proxy as skip has mentioned

    even when i visited syria hip forums weren't blocked !
  15. How dense is our government.

    This recent alchopops thing just as bizarre. tax the hell out of Bacardi Breezers, then the kids go out buy bottles of vodka to mix with cordial and no one saw that coming???
  16. guy

    guy Senior Member

    hipforums has been slow at this end

    i have noticed that some sites i've tried to access have seemingly been blocked (innocuous sites)

    australia has banned the "whistleblower"website that tells people about whats happenign over here.

    with any luck labour will be kicked out next election.

    any political party that bans free speech can't be trusted.
  17. ProfessorG

    ProfessorG Guest

  18. TroutLord

    TroutLord Member

  19. Face Eater

    Face Eater Banned

    The new "internet watchdog" is a more lenient and better discussed model than the one proposed and tested by the previous government. I personally disagree with it totally, but I prefer Labour to a government that tried to introduce terrifying sedition laws and oppressive labour conditions. I really do prefer this lesser of two evils.

    LSDMIKE Member

    oz is trying to do this again

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