Meanwhile, a submission to an Australian Senate Committee reviewing the proposed internet filter has had a link to a YouTube video censored even though the video can be legally purchased in Australia, and even though the internet filter is only supposed to deny access to material that is not legal in Australia. They also censored a link to the Amazon.com page for Ken Park (as if no one would ever be able to find the film at Amazon otherwise).
As to just which material you can legally own in Australia, some Australians are more equal than others (particularly if you're Aboriginal):
"It is lawful for Australian citizens to possess, own, read or view, give away and purchase RC (Refused Classification) content in all forms, except in Western Australia (which has a state law which criminalises possession of RC content) and parts of Western Australia and the Northern Territory associated with the Aboriginal Intervention (where possession of content rated higher than MA 15+ is an offence)."
As if this is not silly enough, the Government is proposing that ISPs retain the web browsing history and emails of all users. A consultation paper on this matter that has been released under FOI has had around 90% of it censored. A legal officer from the Attorney-General's Department explains why:
"I consider that release of such documents may lead to premature unnecessary debate and could potentially prejudice and impede government decision making."
You wouldn't want any premature discussion of a major data retention initiative. Just look at how much furore discussion of the internet filter has released.
EoR thinks it is about time for the Revolution:
"The Revolution is my boyfriend!"