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ACL Cautiously Optimistic About Budget’s Age Verification Allocation 

The ACL notes with interest the Federal Government’s allocation of $6.5 million in the 2024-25 Budget to design and implement the Age Assurance Trial. We commend Minister Michelle Rowland and the Government for recognising the importance of age verification technology in protecting children from accessing inappropriate online content. 

As a nation, we face significant challenges related to domestic violence and the breakdown of relationships. While there are many complex factors contributing to these issues, research has indicated that pornography addiction can play a role in exacerbating these problems. The ACL has consistently advocated for measures to address the proliferation of online pornography and its potential harms. 

The Government’s commitment to exploring age assurance technologies is a positive step forward. By preventing children’s access to pornography and other age-inappropriate content, we can work towards creating a safer online environment for young people. 

We appreciate the Government’s intention to assess the effectiveness of age assurance products currently available, while also taking into account the privacy and security concerns of Australian internet users. Striking the right balance between protection and privacy is crucial to ensuring public support for these initiatives. 

At the same time, we must remain aware of emerging challenges, such as the recent announcement that ChatGPT is planning to launch AI pornography. While the potential impacts of this development are still unclear, the ACL believes that it warrants close attention and proactive consideration from policymakers. 

We acknowledge Minister Rowland’s efforts in addressing online safety issues and encourage the Government to proceed with the implementation of the Age Assurance Trial in a timely manner. Protecting children from harmful online content should be a priority for all of us. 

We look forward to further dialogue with the Government and other stakeholders to promote a safer and more responsible online environment for all Australians, especially our children. 

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