"The risks of liberty we must let everyone take; but the risks of ignorance and self-helplessness are another matter" - George Bernard Shaw.
“But whether the risks to which liberty exposes us are moral or physical our right to liberty involves the right to run them. A man who is not free to risk his neck as an aviator or his soul as a heretic is not free at all; and the right to liberty begins, not at the age of 21 years but 21 seconds” - George Bernard Shaw.
The censorship review papers are in and the government has been swamped with paranoid conservative narrow minded moralists all vying to do the dirty work of God and have their finger on the trigger of judge, jury and executioner when it comes to civil rights. Just have a read of some of the submissions here, that will affect the change that is taking place in Australia concerning classification and censorship.
Some of the arguments for increased censorship are batty, including one group called The Salt Shakers (At first I thought, with that name, they were a roller derby team) who were concerned about the effects of x-rated videos on children, but not just teenage children, they've lumped the issue with younger children as well. I ask you. What five year old has access to x-rated material or really ever has, or would even be interested? Why were this group invited to participate in the review, if you read their perspectives as outlined on their webpage, they clearly are what the Neanderthals were to Cro-Magnon, and part of a dying breed of Homo sapien moral fanatic who have enclosed their minds into cloisters of mental arteriosclerosis.
Another daft generalised point of impaired view outlined by a Christian organisation is that child molesters groom themselves on hardcore adult pornography, well, I'd like to ask what did all the thousands of child molesting Priests in the Christian Church groom themselves on then? The Index Librorum Prohibitorum? (George Bernard Shaw only got half way through the Bible because he came to the conclusion that it was perverse). In the US 1,872 child sex abuse allegations against Priests were investigated and substantiated (All up in 2004 there were 10,667 allegations). Remember these are people who are by doctrine of their faith prevented from viewing pornography. Go figure the logic, because there is none.
The submissions documents seem to be unavailable for the now, a convenient circumstance for the review board to be in at the moment, because reading some of them tell tales of what daftness exists within secular segments of our society. People who struggle with this thing called consciousness, the mind, and existence (They need to fall back on blanketed bullet point instructions on being alive). Below you can assist Get Up! petition against the non-optional Internet Filter (CleanFeed) being introduced onto the Australian Broadband network.
I think the government has conveniently chosen these groups to participate because they already know what they are going to say, and they are hoping they'll provide the necessary arguments and statistics the government needs to tighten censorship in Australia, since parliamentarians are ill-equipped to measure such things, and let's face it, most of them are just career hopping University students with at best a Political Science degree, jumping from ministry to ministry without a solid background in what they represent. One might as well swap the current government for the cast of Yes, Minister and employ the scriptwriters as spin doctors and policy writers.
Below is a map, World Day against Cyber Censorship (12th March 2011) provided by Reporters without Borders. You can see that Australia now sits alongside countries like Russia and China (China being purple, a colour that represents sexual frustration).