Porn bill could have life of its own

Trevor Rogers' anti-Internet porn bill may not die even if his political career does.

Trevor Rogers’ anti-Internet porn bill may not die even if his political career does.

The Howick MP, whose private member’s bill attracted widespread odium from within the Net community, may be headed for political obscurity, as his Conservative Party rates almost zero in the polls, but his bill may not be going out with him. At the end of each term Parliament passes a motion listing the bills to be carried over, and, this time round, the Technology Crimes Reform bill, still before the Commerce select committee, was one of them.

So the bill is still in the Parliamentary process--and will probably be kicked along by the Christian Coalition, which may pick up a few seats.

One of the two leaders, Graeme Lee--a former Minister of Internal Affairs, which looks after censorship--has spoken out on such matters before. Christian Coalition policies have, thus far, mentioned unspecified “censorship” issues as being important in any post-election coalition deal.

Meanwhile, internationally, European telecomms ministers are urging the EU to find ways of curtailing transmission of pornography over the Internet by the end of the year. The commission favours voluntary codes of conduct.

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