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Australia: Prime minister’s department cracks down on civil servant criticism

Australia: Prime minister’s department cracks down on civil servant criticism

Under new guidelines, Australian civil servants working for the prime ministers's office caught criticising the government can be sanctioned for illicit social media use, Helen Clark reports

Australia debates repeal of parts of racial discrimination act

Australia debates repeal of parts of racial discrimination act

Recent moves to repeal sections of Australia's Racial Discrimination Act have sparked public debate and anger on both sides of the political divide, Helen Clark reports

Australia: Authorities want ISPs to police the web

Australia: Authorities want ISPs to police the web

The government will consider various legal means to provide a “legal incentive” for internet service providers to collaborate with copyright owners to combat infringements, Binoy Kampmar writes

Australia’s “Auntie” pummelled over Indonesia coverage

Australia’s “Auntie” pummelled over Indonesia coverage

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has been called unAustralian by prime minister Tony Abbott, who has also called for a review of its funding. Helen Clark reports

From Assange to Murdoch: Australia’s free speech landscape

From Assange to Murdoch: Australia’s free speech landscape

As Australians go to the polls, how does their country shape up on free expression? Helen Clark reports

Australia: Google urges rejection of web regulation

Google has urged the Australian federal government to reject an interim independent report recommending the country’s internet be regulated in a similar manner to television, arguing it would be unclear how regulation online could be imposed without a filter. Its proposals, if successful, would usher in a “new independent regulator for content

Australian internet providers employ censors

Australian service providers, including Telstra and Optus, will voluntarily block websites deemed by the government as showing and disseminating child pornography. Those who attempt to access the blacklisted sites will be redirected to the site of the International Criminal Police Organisation. Wikileaks revealed that on the blacklist are some gay

Australia: PM backs new internet filter

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has renewed her support for a controversial new web filter, saying the measure was driven by a  “moral question“. The proposed filter will block access to material such as rape, drug use, bestiality and child abuse. Internet giants Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have criticised the

Australia: Pro-euthanasia advert outlawed

The government has opted to outlaw a pro-euthanasia advert on the grounds that it promotes suicide. The advert shows an actor speaking of suffering and disease, asking the government to listen to those who want to practice assisted suicide. It has been more than ten years since a pro-euthanasia advert was broadcast in

Australia: Push to censor smartphone apps

Australia’s ruling Labor party  has called for smartphone applications and games to face the national censor. A loophole in the Classification Act (1995) means that games distributed or playable on mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone, are not submitted to the national Classification Board, which classifies films and computer games

Indonesia: Ban on Australian film Balibo

The Indonesian government has placed a ban on the screening of the Australian feature film Balibo due to its sensitive issues.   The film tells the story of 5 Australian based journalists who were killed in the town of Balibo in Timor Leste in 1975. The Film Censorship Board in

Australia’s digital dilemma

Australia’s digital dilemma

Canberra's idea of an internet filter that has proved unpopular with its citizens. Quentin McDermott reports

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