Australia's NSW state government bans email
New South Wales' National Parks Association (NPA) has made it easy for people with environmental concerns to petition state government ministers... but in a gross misinterpretation of the Commonwealth Spam Act, the office of NSW Premier Morris Iemma has blocked all email communication from the NPA.
Full article at SMH
A section from the article:
...it appears [Government IT security staff member] Mr Hughes has misinterpreted the Spam Act, which only applies to "commercial electronic messages". The NPA is a non-profit organisation.
Further, Section 44 of the legislation reads: "This Act does not apply to the extent (if any) that it would infringe any constitutional doctrine of implied freedom of political communication."
The Australian Communications and Media Authority, which administers the Spam Act, said it was seeking further details from the Premier's office, but "as a general comment, the spam act regulates the sending of commercial electronic messages".
[NPA executive officer] Mr Cox was "appalled" by the Government's actions.
"Email should make communication with our elected representatives easier, not to allow the Government to control whether they wish to hear a legitimate expression of the public on an issue or not."
The Premier's office did not return calls requesting comment, while Mr Hughes refused to comment on the matter.
National Parks Association of NSW logo from NPA.
Posted by: admin on 26th Apr 2007 10:34 PM
Updated by: admin on 26th Apr 2007 10:34 PM
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