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Caution essential in Government interventions online

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. 16 January 2013.

The Australian Greens have urged a cautious and measured approach in seeking to regulate the way Australians communicate online, in the wake of the Prime Minister’s statement on social media guidelines this morning.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said “we welcome any effort to simplify user agreements and clarify avenues for people to protect themselves online. We are however concerned that a government that wanted to introduce a mandatory internet filter at the behest of extreme religious groups still seems intent on controlling the way we communicate with each other”.

"Australia already has laws to deal with harassment, defamation, and hate speech.”

Senator Ludlam is a full member of the Committee that conducted the inquiry into cyber safety and young people online in 2010, and noted that the imperative of being seen to ‘do something’ about trolling may have overtaken adoption of some of the committee’s more far-reaching recommendations on education and digital literacy.

Media contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

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