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The Content Control That Wasn't: Two Years of the Online Services Amendment

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The stated aims of the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Online Services) Act were to provide a means for addressing complaints about Internet content, to restrict access to Internet content likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult and to protect children from exposure to Internet content unsuitable for them. However, two years after the Amendment took effect, it can be seen that while some marginal changes may have occurred, in reality the Act has failed to regulate or control Internet content or Australians' access to it. It may, however, have met other objectives attributed to the Government—for example, appeasing community concern by giving the appearance that action had been taken to control 'problematic' Internet content while not overly burdening the Australian Internet industry.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: May 1, 2002

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