The South Australian Attorney General has backed down on a controversial law that would have banned the state’s residents from commenting anonymously on blogs and news sites.
In a statement to Twitter, SA Premier Mike Rann stated that the legislation has been dropped.
“AG has listened. So no debate will be stifled. No political censorship of blogs or on-line comments whether named or anon,” he said.
“All MPs and all parties voted for Electoral law. Hope Libs, Greens, Family First, Independents etc will join us to support repeal.
“For many young people, and even the not so young, internet is their parliament of ideas and information.”
The law would have required blogs and news sites to take the names and postcodes of commentators from South Australia during election periods, and to post these details and keep them for six months.