On 30 September, the ALRC released a Discussion Paper, which explains the ALRC's thinking to date, as well as some questions and proposals for reform. The ALRC is seeking formal submissions in response to the Discussion Paper.

This forum provides an opportunity to give less formal opinions and engage in public discussion on a few of the issues under consideration.

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Commenting on this discussion forum closed on 18 November 2011.

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When, if ever, should internet service providers be required to take action when content providers don't comply with Australia's classification laws? Is it reasonable to expect internet service providers to help 'monitor the internet'? 

The ALRC has proposed that feature-length films and television programs produced on a commercial basis, and computer games produced on a commercial basis and likely to be MA 15+ or higher, must be classified using Australian classification guidelines. But should this content need to be classified using Australia's guidelines, if the content has already been classified outside Australia? Which international classification systems should be recognised in Australia, if any? 

Restricted access systems are intended to stop minors from accessing certain content on the internet by verifying a person's age. Should restricted access systems continue to have a role in a national classification scheme. Do you have any suggestions of alternatives or improvements to the current restricted access systems?

Subscription television is not subject to time-zone restrictions and increasingly people can watch what they want at any time with video on demand and catch-up TV services (such as the ABC's iview or TiVo). Should free-to-air television continue to be subject to time-zone restrictions? For example, should free-to-air television continue to be prohibited from broadcasting MA15+ content before 9pm, or can devices such as parental locks be used to restrict children's access to inappropriate content?