Social media giants such as Facebook and Instagram will face fines of up to $17,000 a day if they repeatedly refuse to take down offensive and harassing material directed at Aussie children.
The anti-trolling legislation will be introduced today by the Federal Government, which will create an authority to fight cyber-bullying.
In a big step towards Australian children being better protected against cyberbullying and safer when they go online, the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 was today introduced in the Commonwealth Parliament by Paul Fletcher MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications.
“This is about delivering on our election promise to enhance online safety for children” said Mr Fletcher.
“With research showing that one in five Australian children are the victims of cyber-bullying, this Bill brings powerful new tools to help keep children safe online.”
CHRIS UHLMANN: Social media sites will be targeted under plans by the Abbott Government to crack down on the cyber bullying of children.
The Government will today introduce a bill into Parliament to appoint a commissioner with the power to order large social media services and individuals to remove offensive material posted online.
Technology companies face fines of $17,000 a day if material targeting a child is not removed, and individuals face legal action under existing laws.
Federal Member for Bradfield Paul Fletcher today congratulated 23 students from Lindfield East Public School, Killara High School and Menindee Central School (far western NSW) for participating in the Deli in the park Art Awards.
The nation's peak ICT research body is urging Australian governments to lift their lagging digital services, with a list of recommendations analysts say could have lessened recent public sector job cuts such as those seen at the ABC this week.
In a white paper to be launched on Wednesday by Malcolm Turnbull's parliamentary secretary Paul Fletcher, National ICT Australia (NICTA) says the private sector must be allowed to facilitate people's access to government services online.
The "service broker" model would effectively turn government into a wholesaler of public services, with non-government organisations competing to deliver access to services such as Medicare and Centrelink.
Federal Member for Bradfield Paul Fletcher MP has congratulated Bill Bradley from Hornsby on receiving the Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Disability at the 2014 National Disability Awards.
Mr Fletcher said Mr Bradley was praised by judges for his efforts as a role model and teacher and for advocating so strongly for the rights of people with disability in being able to participate in many varied sporting arenas.
'I congratulate Barry O’Farrell on a job well done,' said Paul Fletcher Member for Bradfield, responding to Mr O'Farrell's announcement that he will step down as Member for Ku-ring-gai at the next state election.
'Barry O’Farrell served the people of NSW and Ku-ring-gai with distinction in an outstanding political career.
Payments to councils in Bradfield are being made under the Australian Government Financial Assistance Grant programme.
Federal Member for Bradfield, Paul Fletcher, said the Australian Government is providing $2.3 billion in quarterly payments to local councils nationwide in 2014-15.
Applications are now open for community-led Green Army projects that support practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation activities across Bradfield.
The Australian Government is providing additional opportunities in the 2014/15 financial year for community organisations, environment groups and local councils to apply for Green Army projects in Bradfield.