By letting policymakers know just what we think of the "clean feed" Internet filter, we can bring about a policy change. You can help by contacting your representatives and spreading the word about this campaign.
Your local Memeber of Parliament is your representative and wants to hear about your concerns. Let your member know that you are unhappy with this policy.
Not sure who to contact? Find your local member's contact information.
In order to pass the legislation required to introduce a mandatory filter, the Government needs the support of either Liberal or Greens Senators. Contact your state's senators, or the party representatives, and voice your opposition to the plan:
Hon Tony Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy.
Senator Steve Fielding, Family First Senator.
Senator Nick Xenophon, Independent Senator.
Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens' spokesperson for Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy.
Contacting the Minister will let him know that his constituents, the Australian public, are not on board with his impractical plan.
There's nothing like a personal phone call to get the message across. Call the minister's office on (03) 9650 1188 and let them know your objections.
A personalised letter to the Minister sends a powerful message: We don't like the policy, and we care. Letters can be sent to the Ministerial office:
Senator Stephen Conroy
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Level 4, 4 Treasury Place
Melbourne Vic 3002
If you're not sure what to say, you might wish to use the following as a template:
As an Australian and an internet user, I have serious concerns about your mandatory Internet filtering initiative.
Given the importance your Government has attached to modernising Australia's broadband network, pursuing a policy that can only slow down and increase the costs of home internet access seems misguided at best. Australian households are diverse, and most do not have young children, so mandating a one-size-fits-all clean feed approach will not serve the public well. I don't think it is the Government's role to decide what's appropriate for me or my children, and neither do most Australians.
Given the amount of Internet content available, the Government will never be able to classify it all and filters will always result in an unacceptable level of over-blocking. I feel that the time and money could be spent in better ways both to protect children and improve Australia's digital infrastructure. Australian parents need better education about the risks their children face online. Trying to rid the Internet of adult content is futile, and can only distract from that mission.
Although not as effective as a letter or call, every bit helps. Email Senator Conroy at: minister (at) dbcde.gov.au.
Your Internet Service Provider is probably just as worried about this policy as you are, but letting them know your concerns will help in their own efforts.
Not sure how to contact your ISP? This list may help.
Although a petition signature is no substitute for personal contact, every bit helps. Sign the petition here.
Help spread the word about the campaign by blogging about the filter, linking to this site, or including one of the buttons below on your own site or blog. Together we can put the national spotlight on Conroy's Internet crusade.
Copy and paste the text below each image onto your website.
You can also copy the following code to place a badge in the top right corner of your site. Paste the code just below your <body> tag.
Learn more about the filter itself, civil liberties in Australia and the implications of the Clean Feed.