Media Release

July 9, 2010

ACL applauds ISPs for filtering child porn

Today’s announcement by leading Internet Service Providers to voluntarily block child pornography is proof positive that ISP filtering is achievable and an important part of protecting children online.

The Australian Christian Lobby also welcomed the Government’s detailing of transparency and accountability measures to ensure that ISP filtering did not have unintended consequences for freedom of speech.



“ACL has never said ISP filtering would be a silver bullet for protecting children from harmful material on the internet but it is important that where technology is available it be used in the best interests of children,” ACL’s Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton said.

“The decision by Telstra, Optus and Primus to voluntarily block a list of child abuse URLs shows great corporate responsibility.

“It proves that ISP filtering is practical and that it can be part of the solution to the scourge of overseas websites hosting material that is abhorrent to the values of most Australians as expressed through our classification laws.”

“It also discredits the alarmism that has been generated by various quarters around this issue, including most prominently by GetUp and sectors of the internet industry.”

Mr Shelton also welcomed the Government’s decision to conduct a review of Refused Classification.

“This will shine a light on this material and will help the community better understand why ISP level filtering is important to maintaining civil society and protecting children.”