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Conroy must explain why Christian lobby gets net filtering trial update: Greens

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 30 Nov 2009

The Australian Greens are calling on the Communications Minister Stephen Conroy to explain who else besides the Christian Lobby will be given a background briefing on the net filtering proposal.

"The head of the Australian Christian Lobby, Jim Wallace, met with communications minister Senator Conroy late last week," Greens Spokesperson on Communications, Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"Mr Wallace says he has not received any information on the trial results, but is reported to have told the Christian Lobby's national conference that he had "found out" enough on the ISP-level filtering trial to believe that ISP-level filtering worked."

"Is the minister only backgrounding supportive stakeholders, or will he also be providing a briefing to some of the many online advocacy and other groups who have been highly sceptical of this proposal?

"There are a great many stakeholders in this net filtering debate, and they have a right to be demand why one group alone has been briefed by the minister.

"We repeat our call for the Minister to be forthcoming with the findings of the trial and release the discussion paper which is already overdue," he concluded.

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