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Australia introduces licences for internet users

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Internet users in Australia will have to take out licences from the next financial year else they will not be allowed to use the web, official sources told iTWire today.

According to these sources, the decision was taken recently in the wake of the bid to introduce a blacklist in a supposed attempt to block undesirable sites.

People in high places apparently realised that it was much better to have the public sign up for licences, the terms of which would ensure that they kept away from sites which the government deemed unsuitable for them to visit.

"No more mucking around with blacklists and public debates which make a fool out of us," one source said. "We don't know zilch on the technical front, so licensing is the way to go. It will make money for the government and we can block what we want."

Internet service providers have been informed of the plans and most have fallen in line. Some are holding out.

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