The Rudd Government is apparently gunning to out-conservative the conservatives, with a proposed mandatory internet filter that will
(a) significantly slow internet speeds,
(b) put Australian censorship in the same category as that enjoyed by China and Iran, and
(c) fail to stop one single person from downloading illegal content if they want to.
There's naturally been a major industry backlash, so here's hoping the whole ridiculous idea gets shelved.
Then, straight into this maelstrom of Luddite lunacy comes the announcement that Michael Atkinson (remember him?) is no longer satisfied just passively resisting the introduction of an R18+ rating for video games, but is now actively scuttling any chance of advancing the issue by blocking debate.
Back in March it was announced that there would be public consultation on the issue, which has apparently now been completed. It obviously had the results I predicted it would, because Atkinson has rejected its publication.
Just who the hell does this guy think he is?