PORN SHOPS might spring up like dandelions down under, if the federal government goes forward with plans to filter the Australian Internet, according to an adult industry executive.
Fiona Patten, CEO of the Eros Association, an adult industry trade group, explained, "If the filtering goes ahead, Queensland will see an explosion of adult shops because, if people can't access adult material online, they'll go to retail outlets instead."
Displaying a keen grasp of economics, Patten predicted that mandating Internet filtering will have unintended consequences, saying, "Increased demand will lead to more shops."
Queensland already has at least 116 adult shops, more than any other state on a per-capita basis.
In the runup to the last election, the Labor Party promised to mandate Internet filtering of 'prohibited' content, especially images depicting child sexual abuse, based on a blacklist to be maintained by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
The government has also proposed a second Internet filtering scheme that will let families sign up to block an additional blacklist of websites.
Critics of the government's Internet censorship programme claim that filtering will be too expensive, slow broadband speeds significantly and curtail Australians' civil liberties. They also say that children will bypass the government filters leading to a false sense of security.
On Saturday, opponents of the government's Internet censorship proposals held protests all around the country.
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