Media Release: Tuesday, 26 February, 2008 

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today welcomed progress towards the introduction of ISP-based Internet filtering aimed at protecting children from online pornography.

ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said that it is vital that better safeguards are put in place to protect society’s most vulnerable from the increasing amount of damaging and exploitative material which can be accessed too easily on the Internet.

News reports indicate that the Federal Government’s plans for ISP filtering are proceeding, with a trial about to be conducted in Tasmania and due to be completed by June 30.

“The pornography flooding the Internet can have a very damaging effect on the proper development of children and their understanding of what right relationships are. As a society we have a responsibility to use the tools available to us to protect children from this material and a step towards a clean feed policy for the Internet is an important measure,” Mr Wallace said.

“To be truly effective, it is important that the list of sites to be blacklisted be continuously updated and that the parameters for blacklisting sites and material are similarly continuously reviewed,” he said.

Mr Wallace said that people who are opposed to having any restrictions on their Internet usage still have the option of being exempted from the filtering service by contacting their Internet service provider.

“Despite what opponents are saying, surely this ensures choice.”

Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan