There have been renewed calls for the government to move their focus away from censorship, this time with suggestions for the money to be diverted to better fund cyberbullying programs. The calls came from the Electronic Frontiers Australia, who said there was insufficient evidence to justify the costly proposed internet filter, instead calling bullying the real issue.

Colin Jacobs, the Vice-chair of Electronic Frontiers Australia commented that “…the policy as it stands will deliver absolutely nothing for children. It doesn’t provide a filter that will intervene when children look at something inappropriate.”

Child group Save the Children have previously appealed for the internet filter plan to be dropped after saying it would not be effective at targeting child abuse.

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Writer Tristan Boyd, Editor Ramesh Manocha.