While a few were released, many were not, and in 2003 new legislation, "Communications Legislation Amendment Bill (No.
In 2002, the New South Wales Standing Committee on Social Issues issued a report recommending that the legislation be repealed, and in response the New South Wales government stated that the legislation "will be neither commenced nor repealed" until after the review of the Commonwealth Internet censorship legislation had been completed.
In October 2000, Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) attempted under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) to obtain documents relating to the implementation of the web filter.
While the Australian constitution does not explicitly provide for freedom of speech or press, the High Court has held that a right to freedom of expression is implied in the constitution, and the government generally respects these rights in practice.
An independent press, an effective judiciary, and a functioning democratic political system combine to ensure freedom of speech and press.
In June 2015, the country passed an amendment which will allow the court-ordered blocking of websites deemed to primarily facilitate copyright infringement.