Hush our mouth? No way…

September 23, 2009

taped mouthNow, this is not strictly to do with eating or food, but it certainly is to do with all of us here at howtoshuckanoyster – and your ability to go on enjoying any blog you wish to visit around  the net. This message comes from GetUp!, the grassroots activist group I reckon does great work on all kinds of hairy issues that others are too chicken to tackle. As a member of the freedom of expression group PEN – and having experienced first-hand the enraging internet censorship that is done so heavy-handedly in China (our family and friends there can no longer blog or even use Facebook!) – I reckon any secret censoring that our government is planning ‘for our own good’ is not on, baby. They are proposing a mandatory internet filter which will operate without your knowledge, in every household in Australia.

The government is proposing this in the cause of child protection, among other things – but even child protection specialists oppose it!

So read on, and if you are worried, take action. Sign the GetUp! petition online and spread the word.

Did you know the Government is proposing an internet censorship scheme that goes further than any other democracy in the world? That’s why I’m one of over 100,000 Australians who have signed the petition to Save the Net. Will you join me?

This Friday, our petition will grace the pages of newspapers across the nation. That way the Government, who are due to make a decision any day now, will be left in no doubt as to how deeply unpopular this kind of censorship is in Australia. Can you help me make that petition too large to ignore?


Our Government should be doing all in its power to take Australia into the 21st century economy, and to protect our children. This proposed internet censorship does neither. The plan has even been slammed by children’s welfare groups, who say the filter is “fundamentally flawed” and simply will not work.

Can you join me and children’s welfare groups, internet providers, consumers, engineers, network administrators, and over 100,000 everyday Australians in defence of our freedoms? Let’s make sure this Friday’s newspaper ad has an impact too large to ignore.



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