Tuesday 23rd July 2013



Media Release



The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed moves by British Prime Minister David Cameron to crack down on the proliferation of child abuse images and pornography on the internet.



ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said Mr Cameron’s speech yesterday acknowledge that parents feel powerless when it comes to preventing their children from seeing porn and that government intervention is needed.







“Mr Cameron spoke of how government has ‘neglected our responsibility to children’ and called for internet service providers in Britain to automatically block access to pornography sites unless customers opt in,” he said.



Mr Shelton said the ACL will be asking political parties how they intend to deal with the proliferation of pornography on the internet as part of an election questionnaire.



“ACL will be asking this question along with many other topics including asylum seekers, gambling, poverty and family in the questionnaire which will be available in coming weeks on australiavotes.org.au,” he said.



“Last year ACL was disappointed to see then Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy renege on the government’s election promise of a mandatory ISP clean feed to block illegal material, despite Government trials showing it worked without slowing the internet



“Parents are looking for clear and trustworthy commitments from the government and genuine action to protect children on-line,” he said.



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