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Coalition Set To Push Web-Site Block Bill Through Parliament

Coalition Set To Push Web-Site Block Bill Through Parliament

The move comes as the US Government takes an exactly opposite tack: under new net neutrality rules, service providers are explicitly banned from blocking access to any site/

It also comes as consumer group Choice has warned that in its present form the legislation may block access to virtual private networks (VPNs) that thousands of Australians use daily to give access to many otherwise geo-blocked overseas Web sites.

The bill “is an attempt to kill VPNs and entrench the ‘Australia tax’, driving up the cost of living for ordinary Australians,” Choice campaigns manager Erin Turner said last week.

“This isn’t just about stopping access to Pirate Bay – it also covers sites for online tools like VPNs that help Australian consumers pay for legitimate content, for example from US or UK services,” Turner said.  Choice has asked Labor MPs and senators not to support the bill. The Greens have already indicated they will oppose it.

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 will come before the House tomorrow, the Senate on Thursday. The aim is to have it passed by the end of June.