This submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) discusses the proposal to regulate internet content.
ALIA believes that freedom can be protected in a democratic society only if its citizens have unrestricted access to information and ideas. ALIA supports the basic right of library and information services users to unhindered access to information regardless of format. Access to electronic information resources should not be restricted except as required by law and this basic right should not be eroded in the development of further regulatory or legal restrictions on online information. ALIA endorses and supports effective, practical and appropriate measures that assist Australians to manage their use of the internet. We believe that cybersafety education is one of the most effective strategies to manage content issues.