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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Page: 5078

Internet Content

To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned shows:

That material banned through the 'Refused Classification' category in Australia includes child pornography, material that promotes rape, sex with animals or incest and material that instructs in how to carry out bombings and torture. We note this ban extends to books, magazines, films, television and Australian hosted websites and generally works well to prohibit access to material the vast majority of Australians would find abhorrent.

We also note that there are many overseas hosted websites that promote such material for sale, including material that has involved the trafficking and sexual abuse of women and children. We further note that the UN Human Rights Council passed resolution A/HRC/8/L.17 of 12 June 2008 calling for governments to take steps:

combat the use of the Internet to facilitate trafficking in persons and crimes related to sexual or other forms of exploitation and to strengthen international cooperation to investigate and prosecute trafficking facilitated by the use of the Internet.

Your petitioners ask that the Senate:

Pass legislation that requires Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block all websites that contain material classified as 'Refused Classification', regardless of where such sites are hosted.

by Senator Ronaldson (from 48 citizens).

Petitions received.