While a few were released, many were not, and in 2003 new legislation, "Communications Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2002", was passed by the Liberal government and four independents, and opposed by The Greens and the Australian Labor Party.The Green Left Weekly stated these were Melbourne Indymedia and S11 websites, and that the Australian Broadcasting Authority (the predecessor to ACMA) cleared them of breaching government regulations on 30 October 2002.Also in 2002, and under the terms of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, the Federal Court ordered Fredrick Töben to remove material from his Australian website which denied aspects of The Holocaust and vilified Jews.allow the Australian Communications and Media Authority to effectively ban some content from being hosted within Australia.Under this regime, if a complaint is issued about material "broadcast" on the Internet the ACMA is allowed to examine the material under the guidelines for film and video.The sites barred include The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, Torrent Hound, Iso Hunt and Solar Movie.A collection of both federal and state laws apply to Internet content in Australia.
In June 2011, two Australian ISPs, Telstra and Optus, confirmed they would voluntarily block access to a list of child abuse websites provided by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and more websites on a list compiled by unnamed international organisations from mid-year.
In 2006, Richard Neville published a "spoof" website that had a fictional transcript of John Howard apologising to Australians for the Iraq War.
The website was forcibly taken offline by the government with no recourse.
This list of banned Web pages is then added to filtering software (encrypted), which must be offered to all consumers by their Internet service providers. A number of take down notices have been issued to some Australian-hosted websites.
According to Electronic Frontiers Australia in at least one documented case, the hosting was merely shifted to a server in the United States, and the DNS records updated so that consumers may never have noticed the change.