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Australia Censorship Politics Your Rights Online

Australian Enterprises Block Sex Party's Political Site 160

Posted by timothy
from the be-the-change-you-want-to-see dept.
schliz writes "Corporate web filters in some organizations are blocking web access to the Australian Sex Party, which is a registered political party that is contesting Australia's upcoming August 21 Federal Election. The site features policies and campaign material, including opposition to the Government's mandatory internet filtering proposal. Party convener Fiona Patten said that although the term 'sex' in the party's website URL could be responsible for its filtering woes, the party is unlikely to consider a name change: 'I think the fact that people are still blocking our site just because of the word "sex" in the name shows that we need this political movement.'"
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Australian Enterprises Block Sex Party's Political Site

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  • by mwvdlee (775178) on Saturday July 24, 2010 @05:11AM (#33012382) Homepage

    What could be another reason and would that reason be any better?

  • Come to Australia (Score:5, Insightful)

    by acehole (174372) on Saturday July 24, 2010 @05:12AM (#33012388) Homepage

    In the (Blacked out) of the [Censored].

    I've been making plans to get a job in another country. This [smh.com.au] is something you'd expect to see in North Korea or East Germany circa 1980, not Australia.

  • by Mashiki (184564) <mashiki@g m a il.com> on Saturday July 24, 2010 @05:39AM (#33012474) Homepage

    I couldn't care if it was 14, 14,000, 14,000,000 or just 1 person. Blocking a political party because "sex" is in the name is wrong. If you can't figure out why, you're part of the problem with those that want to stomp on democracy.

  • by TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) on Saturday July 24, 2010 @06:24AM (#33012572) Journal

    I can figure out why you think it's wrong. Perhaps you can similarly figure out why I think that forcing private companies to use their internet connections a certain way is wrong.

  • by jamesh (87723) on Saturday July 24, 2010 @06:25AM (#33012578)

    Add to that the basic rule that computers at work are for work purposes only...

    wtf? I can't tell if you are trolling or just clueless.

    Some organizations do indeed have policies that prevent any use of company computers for personal use, but most aren't that inflexible. It's a matter of policy, not a "basic rule".

  • The first amendment wouldn't apply here - a private employer has every right to block whatever they wish, it's not a freedom of speech issue.
  • by donscarletti (569232) on Saturday July 24, 2010 @08:15AM (#33012904)

    I've been making plans to get a job in another country.

    I'm an Aussie living abroad. I have been to many, many countries and I've got to say, that there will always be something wrong with most places. I think it is once thing to see something bad happen in your own country, like seeing your own house in flames is worse than your neighbours, but you can never find a country which is how you like it.

    This story is a beat up anyway, this is just private internal networks, they can block the Labor, Liberal, National, Greens or whoever they want for all I care. I think doing stupid shit in your business is part of the great freedom that Australians enjoy.

    Getting back to the point, where will you run to? The world is full of conflicting social agendas. There will always be things you can say and things you can't. I caught my Chinese girlfriend wearing this extraordinarily racist T-shirt. She told me that she should be able to say what she wants about the Japanese because she doesn't like them. She can wear it on the streets of Beijing without a hassle, but would be at least severely reprimanded in most "free" countries.

    I have not been to Australia for close to a year, but last time I was there, the amount of stuff you can get away with saying, looking at online, keeping for personal use or doing in your bedroom was astoundingly high by world standards. My advice is that unless Family First and Christian Democrats form a coalition government or Sharia law is established in Western Sydney that moving somewhere else for more freedom may be a counterproductive piece of theatrics that only has the consequence of giving the country one less supporter of liberal policies.

    By all means, if you want to own a big gun, go to somewhere like the Philippines, if you want drugs and porn, you could go to Amsterdam. If you want to escape racism, you can go to somewhere diverse like Singapore or if you want to indulge in racism, just pick any other country in Asia. If you want freedom to be in a legally sanctioned Homosexual marriage, you can go to Belgium, or if you want freedom to say you hate homosexuals you can go to Saudi Arabia. But I guarantee you, something about wherever you are will piss you off and you will act like your standard whiny Aussie expat moaning about how Australia does X better. Something akin to the flood of wannabe refugees threatening to pour over the Saint Laurence river in either direction whenever some unpopular policy comes up on one side of it.

    The problem with Australia is the bitching. Some people complain about "hostile workplaces" so they bring in filters to block porn. The porn filter apparently blocks this "sex party" because someone thought it referred to a site about orgies so it is met with another tide of complaints.

    Australia is unfair, just like the planet on which it is located. By all means, decry your country at the pub, but just remember, that kind of behaviour is enough to get you flattened by rednecks in other free countries. And honestly, if you think redacting a non-binding discussion paper released to the public is on the same level as what happens in the "Democratic People's Republic" of Korea or the German "Democratic" Republic, then that just shows how sheltered you are in your little country and how much of a shock you'd get if you left.

  • Re:sex party? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by travellersside (1227548) on Saturday July 24, 2010 @08:18AM (#33012918)
    They sound astonishingly sane. Sadly, I don't think that they have a snowball's chance in hell of doing too well, as they're going to step on far too many toes. But this is still one of the sanest platforms I've seen.
  • by amck (34780) on Saturday July 24, 2010 @10:32AM (#33013696) Homepage

    Had you thought that this might be the point of naming it so ?

    Breaking down taboos about talking about such matters is ones of their aims. My daughter is 7 and long past asking such questions: she knows google and the internet and will look it up herself, even with filters on the PC. While most of the nastier bits of life have not been covered yet, kids at that age need to know the basics; what sex is, why you don't post personal details to the net, etc.

    The idea of keeping kids ignorant until their 18 simply isn't an option, and honest, healthy discussion of such topics, rather than treating _adults_ in an infantile manner to preserve false innocence is part of the Sex Partys platform.

  • by Scrameustache (459504) on Saturday July 24, 2010 @11:19AM (#33013996) Homepage Journal

    Are you going to have 8-year-old asking, "Daddy, what does sex mean?" I'm not sure I'd vote for a party that put me through that kind of hassle.

    "Sex is the difference between men and women. When you fill out forms, they have a question about sex and you answer boy or girl." Wow, what a hassle.

  • by Jedi Alec (258881) on Saturday July 24, 2010 @12:11PM (#33014456)

    But the general worker really has no reason to be browsing, period.

    Suit yourself. In that case I'll be spending my lunch hour in the internet cafe, with my phone turned off.

    What's that, you'd gotten used to me being reachable by phone during lunch break? Well, that's just tough cookies, trust and flexibility go 2 ways. Treat me like we're in kindergarten and I'll be happy to return the favor.

    Or we could both go on pretending we're responsible adults...

  • Re:sex party? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Jedi Alec (258881) on Saturday July 24, 2010 @12:16PM (#33014490)

    Parties like this don't necessarily need to be elected to make an impact. If nothing else they force the status quo to:

    A) Admit there's an alternative to what is commonly perceived as "the way things are"
    B) Publicly take a stance on a number of issues.

  • by Jedi Alec (258881) on Saturday July 24, 2010 @12:19PM (#33014512)

    Are you going to have 8-year-old asking, "Daddy, what does sex mean?"

    Pfft, as though it's uncommon for an 8 year old to ask that kind of question...or to hear the word sex used for that matter.

    I'm not sure I'd vote for a party that put me through that kind of hassle.

    Tough cookies. Your punishment for having sex is to educate the next generation about it ;-)

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