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TWITS: Labor Senator’s partner says no to Conroy’s “clean feed”

loveknowsnogender The partner of WA Labor Senator Louise Pratt, Aram Hosie, has slammed Labor Senator Steve Conroy’s plan to ban websites containing child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence including rape, and the detailed instruction of crime or drug use.

Hosie sent a personal message to the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd this morning via Twitter arguing that the censorship plan will have an adverse effect on Australian adoption of broadband:

Dear @KevinRuddPM and Co: censorship and #bbfutures in the same conversation just doesn’t make sense. #nocleanfeed. Simple as that.

Hosie is a prominent ALP Left member in Western Australia, formerly active in Young Labor. Hosie identifies now as a man but wasn’t always. Confusingly enough for all those who take an unnatural interest in these things, Hosie was once the partner of lesbian Left-wing faction Senator Louise Pratt before becoming a man making the couple, one would suppose, somewhat less lesbian. If that’s not correct, politically or otherwise, we apologise in advance. Each to their own is the VEXNEWS way.

The Senator’s lover is no stranger to controversy, once accused of improperly interfering in a Young Labor ballot on behalf of the Left group in Western Australia.

aramhosietwit Whether such things will now be capable of explanation after the Conroy reforms are passed is something we’ll have to wait to find out.

Certainly the politics of opposing a ban on videos of the abuse of kids and other dodgy material is compelling. That’s why the government is doing it. The move will probably have bi-partisan political support with the Liberals not game to oppose it in principle and probably not keen to block the legislation either, whatever its form. Family First and the Nationals will almost certainly support it too.

Critics worry that the move won’t be effective and could have all manner of dastardly effects on the ability of Australians to access the internet.

It is one of many issues where a clear split exists between the libertarian instincts of those within the latte curtain of our great cities and with the views of Middle Australia in the form of  mums and dads in marginal seats. For now, the government is minded to side with the outer suburbs against the elites on most issues. Although its biggest political threat is the CPRS, the government’s emissions trading system, which has strong political support in the inner-city and much less in regional Australia and the suburbs.

We can only hope Conroy’s ban plan is very carefully executed once it passes the Australian Parliament all but unanimously. The initial draft of banned content leaked earlier in the year suggests the implementation of the content ban could be messy and controversial.


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  1. Senator Stephen Conroy is to be commended. A great initiative by a great Minister. Don’t let the Socialist Leftistas upset you Steve.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009, 10:27
  2. Andrew,

    Maybe I am mistaken here, but I thought kiddy porn etc was ALREADY ILLEGAL in this country.

    What Conroy is proposing is to make it the responsibility of ISPs to block sites that have been added to a SECRET BLACKLIST that will be setup and maintained by various government appointed commissars.

    Of course they talk about making sure that children and adults don’t accidentally navigate to such sites which are ALREADY ILLEGAL, but soon enough, it will also be about blocking access to sites that are not politically acceptable/correct.

    Please change your stance. Patriots and freedom fighters should be against any legislation that may start to curtail our freedom of speech.

    Posted by ROCK | December 16, 2009, 10:37
  3. This isn’t an issue of socialista lefties vs mum’s and dad’s in outer suburbs. It’s young vs old, new media freedom vs old mediia censorship, a generational issue that is an opportunity for the Liberal Party to increase its appeal to the young voters by taking a principled stand.

    The young liberals voted almost unanimously to condemn the bill at the Federal Conference last year. I don’t forsee anything changing after this announcement.

    Posted by addy | December 16, 2009, 11:01
  4. Not many outside the sicko fringe take issue with the banning of sicko fringe sites such as kiddie pron and instruction in how to make nitro or ice.

    What we do take issue with is all the legitimate sites blocked at the whim of some idiot public servant in Canberra, between latte, lunch and emails and whatever else it is that PS do with their work time. The working copy that was leaked included abortion and euphenasia material, gambling websites, even a dental surgery.

    Who knows what might get the banhammer due to some enourmously fat self involved leftard asshole getting high and mighty, with the right friends, and making a formal complaint? This should be sounding a little familiar to you by now Andy…

    Posted by mick | December 16, 2009, 11:17
  5. that lesbian still looks like a lesbian

    Posted by i will state the obvious | December 16, 2009, 11:23
  6. and by lesbian I mean both of those in the picture above

    Posted by i will state the obvious | December 16, 2009, 12:25
  7. We all know that Stephen Conroy doesn’t usually wash his hands after p#ssing – but here’s betting he’ll get all Pontius Pilate in the washroom after p#ssing all over the freedom of Australian internet useers.

    Posted by Dirty digits | December 16, 2009, 12:36
  8. Homosexuals are an abomination. The LORD Almighty told us so in the Holy Bible. Those practising this abhorrent act shall surely be condemned to Hell for all eternity.

    “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them” Leviticus 20:13

    Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009, 13:24
  9. I’m not a homosexual. I just do a bit of extra cleaning up in the Wahroonga conveniences.

    Posted by Fraud Byron | December 16, 2009, 14:22
  10. This is boring, what is happening at NUS?

    Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009, 15:50
  11. how long till http://www.vexnews.com is on conroy’s list?

    Posted by c u on the tram | December 16, 2009, 17:19
  12. I guess I’m going to Hell then.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009, 17:54
  13. Yes CL, you are.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009, 19:53
  14. “let freedom ring” ?

    I declare the following to be self-evident:

    1. Society has a right to set behavioural boundaries.

    2. We as a society give people the benefit of the doubt that they act within those boundaries.

    3. If we have evidence that someone is acting outside those boudaries, we investigate and put it before the court. If the evidence holds up to scrutiny, we remove that someone from the society.

    It ends there. No “just in case” monitoring of the entire population, no unaccountable committees making it up as they go along. No exception to the rule that says “if it’s kiddie porn the rules don’t apply”.

    Got it?

    Posted by Epstein's Mother | December 16, 2009, 22:09
  15. yeah that’s right, I said “boudaries”!

    Posted by Epstein's Mother | December 16, 2009, 22:11
  16. AC you still might not make it, if your ‘secrets’ are exposed.

    Posted by anon | December 16, 2009, 22:43
  17. I’ve got all of Wahroonga behind me. Which is why my bum has had more through traffic than the harbour tunnel.

    Posted by Fraud Byron | December 17, 2009, 2:59
  18. if you are a lesbian who becomes a man does that mean you are heterosexual? What about your gay lover – are they still gay if they stay with you when you become a man? So many questions and so few answers.

    What if you are a gay man but marry a woman and have children, what is that called?

    Posted by Pissy Chryne | December 17, 2009, 7:28
  19. What if you are a gay Liberal SA MP pretending to be straight – does that make you a hypocrite ?

    Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2009, 9:33
  20. 9.33, for an Adelaide man, isn’t that just normal?

    Posted by Barr-Smith-Hawker-Downer-Bonython-Playford | December 17, 2009, 10:05
  21. NO FILTER!

    Posted by No Filter | December 17, 2009, 10:59
  22. This site should be filtered, by Conroy or one of his cronies.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2009, 14:17
  23. Byron 4.45 at the Wahroonga Park male public latrine, remember to wear those trackie dacks for ease.

    Posted by Alan Jones | December 17, 2009, 14:29
  24. The filter will only drive the peds and freaks further under ground.

    If it in anyway slows down or effects our internet use it should be sidelined.

    Posted by tHE jOKER | December 17, 2009, 15:59
  25. It is no coincidence that this announcement was made during the Climate Farce happening in Copenhagen.

    First sex. Then climate.

    Soon it will become illegal to draw attention to the massive data fraud that has under-pinned Lying Climate Alarmism. Like this:


    Of course Rudd and Co have to censor the internet. They’re learning from their Chinese paramours.

    Posted by Gruntle | December 17, 2009, 18:38
  26. I agree with the goal of stamping out child porn. I just don’t think a “cleanfeed” the way to to achieve it. It won’t stop other technologies like encrypted peer to peer networks. The money wasted on filters would be better served to if it was diverted into resources for organisations the federal police to catch these scumbags.

    Posted by Let Freedom Ring | December 17, 2009, 22:16
  27. This is outright censorship, and a dangerous blight on democracy. It will have zero impact on abuse against children, and presenting it as a solution to anything is nonsensical spin.

    This is about setting up a system whereby the exchange of information is controlled. It smells, and no doubt the stench will gather more pungency.

    To maniplulate our base revulsion of child abuse and other depravities, or to manipulate a decent parent’s primal instinct to protect their children, to control is repulsive.

    This Senator is a dangerous little man. Such an odious tool!

    I must remember to salute silly stephen with an outstreched arm next time I see him.

    Posted by Some Senators are Peckerheads | December 18, 2009, 21:48
  28. Such sites are already illegal, what he is doing is attempting to censor the internet. STOP LYING!

    There was a German Propaganda Minister of whom you remind me.

    Posted by This Blog Has Nothing To Do With Freedom | December 20, 2009, 10:45
  29. Remember a while ago when Andy was ridiculing Iran for having a heavy handed filter which blocked parts of his site?


    Posted by Observer | December 20, 2009, 12:54
  30. Don’t the freedom loving Chinese have similar filters?

    Posted by democracy? | December 21, 2009, 7:21
  31. Fail Vex, Fail. Perfectly reasonable to have concerns about Conroys plans, given lack of transparency and past issues with the ‘black lists’.

    Boring and vindictive…. *yawn*

    Posted by Alcinow | December 21, 2009, 14:56
  32. This isn’t a latte-curtain issue, it’s techs versus non-techs.

    My non-techy liberal arts inner-city female buds disapprove of the censorship implications, but are buying Conroy’s “something has to be done about pron” line ‘cos it ties in to feminazi views on that stuff.

    Meanhile my farm-dwelling, Nationals-voting buddy, who is a network security geek, sees the filter on a par with gun control, i.e. a pointless exercise of government control that will do nothing except give latte-curtain dwellers a case of the warm fuzzies.

    Andy, you’re way off base on this issue. Stop boosterising for Conroy.

    Vex News itself is an example of the good that comes out of a decentralised, distributed network and your readers know this.

    Posted by Epstein's Mother | December 22, 2009, 9:43
  33. I dont mind, so long as there’s no filtering laws on sending txts to teen females.

    Posted by RDR | December 23, 2009, 14:47
  34. Just leave my daughter alone RDR you filthy Rock Spider.

    Posted by Fatty Doyle | December 23, 2009, 16:33
  35. bloody labor left

    Posted by primetime | December 24, 2009, 1:00
  36. Merry Christmas to all loyal subjects in Melbourne. What a glorious time of year EPC is trimming, waxing and scenting my Christmas feast in the bathroom whilst I sit sipping Eastern European Whiskey withr dear dear friend Victor! Happy Christmas one and all !

    Posted by Fatty Doyle | December 24, 2009, 10:45
  37. My dear Rt Hon Lord (Mayor) Fatty Doyle, the dearest of all dear fatties.

    I wish yourself and the delightful EPC all the blessings of this Christmas Season.

    I thank you for the European Whiskey you sent me. It will be put to good use. It is, afterall, a human right to consume copious amounts of European Whiskey – wouldn’t you agree?

    It seems it is only a matter of time until Ted begs you (and me and Honeypot – but not Dr Dean) to come back and lead the Victorian Division to victory.

    I look forward to A-G Hulls’ Charter being rolled out across the country – this will be great for my human rights practice when I return to the Bar in a few years time.

    In 2010 I hope that I am made silk. I can’t understand why I am continuously overlooked. I could understand if my current state of in absentia from the Bar whilst in San Fran meant that I was not eligible, but Dr Dean assures me that this is not a barrier to consideration (he mentioned something about the Law of the Jungle and the Law of Trade Secrets – to be honest I couldn’t understand his reasoning, the animal noises he was making were a distraction from his otherwise lucid prose).

    Nevertheless, I look forward to many blessings and opportunities to defend human rights and drink European Whiskey in 2010 for the both of us.

    Commissioner McPerton

    Posted by McPerton | December 24, 2009, 17:08
  38. Do you mean to imply you could be a bit of a hypocrite if you’re SA Lib MP who likes to take it up the Jacksie and enhance the experience with a nice big wack of meth?

    Posted by anon | December 25, 2009, 18:46