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Sir Humphrey Appleby
Dear Prime Minister, I feel obliged to advise you that your plan to censor the internet (against the wishes of 80% of the electorate) is an extremely “courageous” policy and one upon which you will have ample free time to reflect after the next election, when you are returned to opposition. I don't understand why your government cannot see the huge danger in allowing an ignorant and incompetent minister (who is so clearly out of his depth) to pander to a few crackpots in the Senate and attack the basic rights of all Australians in a supposedly democratic society. This policy, apart from being stupid, wrong and impossible to implement effectively, will anger and alienate almost all young Australian voters (and future voters) - and many older ones too, I am 63. I can assure you that the vast majority of Australians find the concept of allowing a public servant (acting on the beliefs of extremists) to dictate what information is suitable for them to access, to be highly offensive and insulting. If you proceed with this terrible plan, I and hundreds of thousands of others will never vote Labor again. Wake up and see the reality before it is too late to back down - and implement a cabinet reshuffle to weed out the deadwood. Geoff Sole
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