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Fred Nile Porn Excuse Doesn’t Hold Water: Gambling and Porn Chaos Down Under

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Sep/02/2010
Fred Nile

 

Australian Labor minister has resigned over tracks of porn and gambling websites found on his work computer, now the Rev Fred 'Nifty' (Media Man tag) Nile has been outed as having a thick porn trail on his work computer.  Nile, a devote good Christan man aka "Bible Basher", so he would preach, is the latest to be caught in a political, gambling and porn net nasty trap.  Just how may have set the trap and did the deep throat number to tip of mainstream news media is not entirely clear, however both the Labor Party and Christian Democrats are known for leaks.  It's the sort of thing that Larry 'Hustle' Flynt, U.S media hustler kind and advocate of freedom of speech will have a field day with.

NSW State Premier (Labor) had warned politicians that scandals such as porn and adult type matters done on the public's expense, could be the undoing of the Government.  But, now we learn that its a problem much bigger than just the Labor party which has basically lost its strangle hold for power to assume re election to political office.  Tony "The Bruiser" Abbott, a true Christan man by all accounts, is pointed to become Australia's new Prime Minister.  Abbott is getting up to speed on online and offline censorship and internet broadband matters, getting some sound advise by the likes of Malcolm 'No Bull' (Media Man tag) Turnbull, one of Australia's first internet entrepreneurs.

If your Gambling911 or Media Man you might be able to get away with surfing porn and / or gambling at work, but if your a politician trusted by the Australia people, you better think again.

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NSW Ports Minister Paul McLeay shouldn’t be surprised he was caught accessing – such a delightfully non-judgemental word – pornography via his parliamentary computer. Nor should we be surprised that Christian Democrat leader Fred Nile was fingered as the Legislative Council’s biggest accessor of porn.

Organisations routinely log web access to detect misuse of their networks. Systems administrators routinely conduct audits to investigate suspicions of fraud, breach of confidentiality, excessive use of work computers for private use or just to find out who’s hogging the bandwidth. I’ve done them myself, and “adult material” turns up nearly every time.

The NSW government’s Protocol for Acceptable Use of the Internet and Electronic Mail bans the use of government computers for “intentionally transmitting, communicating or accessing pornographic or sexually explicit material, images, text or other offensive material”. While these rules may not apply to MPs — the Department of Parliamentary Services didn’t reply by Crikey’s deadline — a politician would have to be very stupid indeed not to understand the inevitable fallout from being caught.

Nile claims the 200,000 suspect hits recorded under his login were his staff researching the Australian Sex Party and the proposed internet filter. Staffer David Copeland reportedly confirms this. But this raises further questions.

That figure of 200,000 could well be a “hit” for every element on a web page, and web pages typically have dozens of elements such as graphics, style sheets and hidden scripts. Even so, that still represents thousands of pages.

Just how much “research” do you need to do, how many pages do you need to look at, to determine that there’s — gosh! — porn on the internets?

Why couldn’t Nile just get the Parliamentary Library to hand him one of the excellent reports on pornography that already exist, such as The Porn Report by Alan McKee, Kath Albury and Catharine Lumby?

Most importantly of all, why was Copeland using Nile’s login rather than his own? That in itself is a breach of security protocols. In many commercial organisations it’s a sackable offence.

But as I said, this is all unsurprising…

US research has shown that social conservatives are the heaviest consumers of online pornography. Benjamin Edelman at Harvard Business School obtained anonymous credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider and factored in differences in broadband access between states.

“Residents of 27 states that passed laws banning gay marriages boasted 11% more porn subscribers than states that don’t explicitly restrict gay marriage,” reported New Scientist. “States where a majority of residents agreed with the statement ‘I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage,’ bought 3.6 more subscriptions per thousand people than states where a majority disagreed.”

The word is “repressed”, I think.

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