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Fines Proposed for Australian Internet Service Providers

An Australian senator, Tasmanian Independent Brian Harradine, proposed that Internet Service Providers should be fined for knowingly transmitting pornographic and violent images over the Internet.

Senator Harradine called on both the Liberal and Labor parties to support the legislation, which would make it a criminal offence for ISPs to carry such images.

This proposed legislation would be enforced by computer users' complaints to ISPs to remove offensive material. Once this material is reported to an ISP, it would then be illegal for those ISPs to carry this material, and they would be fined if they continued to relay the material.