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On 17 March 2009, some 20 months ago, an article appeared on a web news site alleging that the Australian Government had added Wikileaks to its list of prohibited online content. Wikileaks had published a purported copy of the list however, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) made it clear at the time that the published list was not accurate.

A link to the original article appeared on this site on 29 November 2010. Among a range of comments on the article, some pointing out that it was old news, one encouraged readers to post a comment on the AGIMO blog with a link to Wikileaks and complaining about the matter.

ACMA is the responsible agency for the list of prohibited online content. Neither the Special Minister of State, on whose recent post these comments first appeared, nor the Department of Finance and Deregulation, nor the Australian Government Information Management Office are responsible for this list.

Consequently, comments about thi matter have been moved to this administrative post. This avoids confusion in connecting indirectly related issues while reflecting the Government’s policy on openness.

Comments on this blog are now closed. Please let us know if you would like to discuss this post or have any general comments

Comments (8)

I am concerned about the Australian policy of banning links to websites. This will stifle discussion of critical issues at a time when this discussion is more necessary than ever.

I am concerned that the rights of Australian citizens are being unjustly impinged. To fine someone $11k per day because they choose to link to a website is a slap in the face of free speech.

wikileaks.org

I am concerned that the rights of Australian citizens are being unjustly impinged. To fine someone $11k per day because they choose to link to a website is a slap in the face of free speech and free citizens of the world.
http://www.wikileaks.org/wikileaks.org

While I certainly thank you for your openness in moderation, I think you missed the nuance of that poster's intention. There are $11,000 fines for providing links to sites on the blacklist and ACMA validated that a certain link did appear on the leaked version by threatening large websites such as Whirlpool and Electronic Freedom Australia with those fines. The posters intended to put the links to Wikileaks on this and other government operated blogs to attempt to show the potential effect of fining Australian websites for user generated content.

The "link-deletion-notice" element of the sections of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 relating to Content Services shows the same lack of understanding about blogs and user generated content ("Web 2.0") that we see in the misguided banning of OpenAustralia and Yammer from certain Australian Government departments.

"ACMA is the responsible agency for the list of prohibited online content. Neither the Special Minister of State, on whose recent post these comments first appeared, nor the Department of Finance and Deregulation, nor the Australian Government Information Management Office are responsible for this list."

What a perfectly Labour/Government way of dealing with a problem. Rather than dealing with the issue, you shed the responsibility and DO NOTHING to address the concerns but to shove the posts into the memory hole.

No wonder that Labour is losing so much face with the people. I hope the Greens get even more seats in the new elections. Labour is showing that it is out of touch no matter how often they repeat 'Working families'. Really dissapointing.

I am concerned that the rights of Australian citizens are being unjustly impinged. To fine someone $11k per day because they choose to link to a website is a slap in the face of free speech and free citizens of the world.

wikileaks.org

I am concerned that the rights of Australian citizens are being unjustly impinged. To fine someone $11k per day because they choose to link to a website is a slap in the face of free speech and free citizens of the world.

wikileaks.org

Similar or identical comments have been made by a number of other readers on the original and other posts. Some use the same words while others just have the Wikileaks URL. Rather than fill the space with these, I have listed the contributors' names or pseudonyms here:

American (identical comment)
bob dobbs (URL - twice)
Greetings from Europe (identical comment)

Last updated: 28 July 2016