Media Release: Wednesday, 21 June, 2006



The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) welcomes the Federal Government's National Filter Scheme initiative to provide all Australian families with the option of free internet filtering of pornography.



“It is great to see the Government protecting children from the filth that can be accidentally viewed on the internet. Although the National Library will require mandatory filtering we will be urging the State and Territory Governments to take up the free offer and implement the filtering in all Libraries throughout Australia,”



said Jim Wallace, Managing Director of ACL.



ACMA will trial ISP level filtering in addition to Senator Guy Barnett’s three month ISP level filtering trial in Tasmania, conducted later this year. An education campaign will also assist Australian families to better understand the need to protect their children with safe and effective filtering software.



“ACL is encouraged that Senator Helen Coonan has left the door open for the option of ISP level filtering. Technology progresses very quickly and it is essential  that new software is regularly monitored so Australian families are offered the best available filtering options for their home computers at no direct cost and with minimal effort,” said Mr Wallace.



Contact: Jim Wallace