Labor’s internet filter proposal is not just flawed in design – it’s extremely unpopular. And, after the last election, it has no chance of passing it – as we all know, the ALP does not have a majority in the House, and all the other parties except for Fundies First have promised to vote against it.
So you’d think they’d take the opportunity to dump it along with the other more stupid policies (*cough* citizens assembly *cough*) for which they’ve received nothing but mockery and contempt.
And yet they’re pressing ahead! Spending public money and further goodwill for, so far as I can see, no rational purpose whatsoever.
They’re not going to gain the support of the religious nuts the proposal was originally intended to placate – those people think Gillard and the Greens on whom she now relies are Satan-spawn. An internet filter isn’t going to change that.
The only guess I can make is that the ALP thinks it can somehow wedge the Liberals in the eyes of badly-informed family voters in marginal seats by making them vote against “doing something about child pornography” – but how do they think they’ll get such a flimsy and absurd message out in this media environment? Perhaps if they had some of the newspapers or TV stations on side, who could confuse the issue and drown out rational voices – but they don’t. No-one’s going to help them. They can’t really think they’re going to gain more votes than they’ll lose, can they?
Seriously, how do they figure they might win this one? And if they know they won’t, what’s the point? They’re either utterly stupid or operating on a level we mere mortals could never understand.
UPDATE: I meant citizens’ assembly, not community cabinet. Post corrected.