Australian Government Begins Censoring Internet With No Oversight

Australia secretly starts censoring the internet without appeal or oversight process

[Excerpted] The Federal Government has confirmed its financial regulator has started requiring Australian Internet service providers to block websites suspected of providing fraudulent financial opportunities, in a move which appears to also open the door for other government agencies to unilaterally block sites they deem questionable in their own portfolios...The news came tonight in a statement issued by the office of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, following a controversial event in April which saw some 1,200 websites wrongfully blocked by several of Australia’s major Internet service providers.

In November last year, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy formally dumped the Government’s highly controversial mandatory Internet filtering scheme [12-5-09 link below*] instead throwing his support behind a much more limited scheme which sees Australian ISPs voluntarily implementing a much more limited filter...The ‘voluntary’ filter only blocks a set of sites which international policing agency Interpol has verified contain “worst of the worst” child pornography...

The instrument through which the ISPs are blocking the Interpol list of sites is Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act. Under the Act, the Australian Federal Police is allowed to issue notices to telcos asking for reasonable assistance in upholding the law...The use of the Section 313 notices in this manner is believed to be the first occasion when the legislation has been interpreted to allow the Australian Federal Police to request ISPs to block website addresses.

In contrast with Labor’s previous mandatory Internet filtering policy (which was to have been administered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and which was dumped last year) there is currently no known civilian oversight of the Section 313 notifications scheme, no method of appeal and no way of ascertaining whether and why sites have been blocked under the legislation.

There is no mechanism in place to ensure that owners of web sites who have those sites blocked by Section 313 notices — deliberately or inadvertently, as happened with the Melbourne Free University case — are notified of the reason their sites have been blocked...Furthermore, Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act does not specifically deal with certain breaches of the law.

Because of this, there appears to be nothing to stop the Australian Federal Police, ASIC or any other agency from issuing much wider notices under the Act to ISPs...with no oversight of the process, no appeals mechanism, and no transparency to the public or interaction with the formal justice.

Internet censorship has been underway in Australia for a few years now. As the above article mentions, previously a content blocking or "filtering" scheme had been put in place [see link below], which as the article points out, has now been scrapped and replaced with a new system...which as reported...is for the first time now "being interpreted to allow the Australian Federal Police to block website addresses"...essentially at will - with no explanation or mechanism for recourse.

Clearly this is the setting of a definite precedent...of open Big Brother censorship in the 'western world'. Websites vanish...nobody knows anything. Interesting also to note the section number of the "Telecommunications Act" where the new regulation is found. As is so often the case, the numbers associated with very significant events are cabalist occult-society favorites, and here is no exception. The number '313' contains two of the favorites - a '13' and a '33'. The '13' especially seems to be very much 'in vogue' this year, 2013 [link], so much so that perhaps this should be known as the year of the '13'. Take note of all these things...
 Rev. 18:4

*12-5-09 NWO Australian Government Rolling Out Internet Censorship "Free speech and the 'new world order' can never co-exist, so Australia is now setting the precedent in the so-called 'free world' for government censorship of the internet. The writing is on the wall: the world-wide-web will soon be neutered. Get it while you can"
See also: Australians Face Big Brother Crackdown July 1st: Speaking Against "Carbon Tax" To Bring Fine Up To 1.1 Million 5-25-12 "Praised by Barack Obama as a model for the world, Australia’s highly unpopular carbon tax, set to take effect from July 1st, is set to be policed by laws which forbid business owners from criticizing it for causing price rises – with thought criminals who do so under threat of being hit with huge fines of over $1 million dollars.
Rev. 13:1 'And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy'

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