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Senator Luddite says broadband takeup linked to porn

Dan Warne, 25 Aug 2002

Richard Alston photoAlmost unbelievably, Australia's Communication & IT Senator has produced another amazing justification for why the government shouldn't intervene in stimulating broadband: because pornography is behind broadband takeup.

Senator Alston was responding to a question from ABC Television Journalist Alan Kohler:

ALAN KOHLER: In the early days you were actually not just sceptical, you were quite negative, I think you even said that it's just for pornography and gambling?

SENATOR RICHARD ALSTON: Well for example, people will tell you that pornography is one of the major reasons why there's been a high take-up rate in South Korea. I haven't confirmed that at first instance but I've been there, I've looked at what's happening. My scepticism has really been about whether there is any compelling national interest in the Government spending money on subsidising roll-outs to consumers. Because at the moment it's pretty much more of same but a bit faster for most consumers.

In the past, Senator Alston has been ridiculed for saying the takeup of broadband in Korea was from "kids playing games", and that his kids "didn't need any help from the government in that regard."

Alston is also quoted as saying a proposal in the Labor party's policy statement that all homes should have cable by 2006 was "a costly waste of time" and "horrendously expensive".

Respected British IT news source The Register enjoys making a mockery of Senator Alston, calling him "world's biggest luddite."

You can read the interview transcript here, or listen to the actual interview here.

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