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Background to the Peaceful Pill Handbook
The Peaceful Pill Handbook was launched at the Conference of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies in Toronto, Canada in September 2006.
In December of the same year, The Peaceful Pill Handbook was submitted for classification in Australia to the Office of Film and Literature Classification. (Australia has no Constitutional right to free speech so all publications must be reviewed before being 'approved' for sale.)
Upon submission in December 2006, the PPH received an "R" classification. This meant the book could be sold legally in Australia, as long as it was sold in plain wrap, not on open display, was sold only to adults (over 18 years) and displayed the "R" classification symbol on its front cover.
One month later in January 2007, the Australian Attorney General, Philip Ruddock, & Right to Life NSW, appealed the OFLC decision. The Australian Classification Review Board (membership is appointed by the Attorney General) then overturned the R classification of The Peaceful Pill Handbook with an RC classification; this decision led to The Peaceful Pill Handbook being banned outright.
It is now illegal in Australia to loan, display, sell and even possess a copy of The Peaceful Pill Handbook. A forthcoming exhibition of the history of banned books in Australia is only able to display an image of the cover of the PPH rather than the real cover.
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Background Political History
In November 2007, the centre-left Labor government of Kevin Rudd was elected. With the new Government came new hope that the power of the small, but vocal, Christian lobby in the nation's capital would subside.
At that time, the Christian Lobby had infiltrated the right-leaning Liberal and National Parties of Australia, but what of centre-left Labor? The following two years would reveal the Christian lobby as effective across the entire political divide.
A staunch Christian (the Australian Prime Minister conducts door-stop press interviews outside his Church every Sunday), Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has openly supported the Australian Christian Lobby headed by retired SAS soldier, Jim Wallace.
Via the Minister for Communications, Senator Stephen Conroy (a strong fellow Christian), the Rudd Labor Government has announced it will introduce Mandatory Internet Filtering legislation into the Australian Parliament. This initiative aims to implement mandatory, ISP-level filtering for ALL Australians.
In doing so, Australia joins countries such as China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Burma and Nth Korea in opting for such a censorship regime for its citizens.
In 2010, Senator Conroy told an Australian Senate Estimates committee that while the 'Clean Feed' is designed to block 1000 blacklisted websites, the technology has the potential to block as many as 50,000 sites!
In March 2009, Wikileaks.org published a secret blacklist of over one thousand websites that the Government plans to block. This website - www.peacefulpillhandbook.com - is listed among those sites selected for censorship. There is no right of appeal to inclusion on the Government's blacklist.
Once this law is passed by the Australian Parliament, ALL Australians will be banned accessing from this website. PPeH updates will, therefore, be made available to Australian subscribers through other means.
To ensure that Exit members' access to this website is not blocked, in 2010 Exit conducted a series of Hacking Masterclasses focusing on the use of Proxies and VPN Tunnels (virtual private networks) as a way of bypassing the filter. More information about Exit's Masterclasses can be found HERE.
Even before the Clean Feed Initiative comes before Parliament, Australians who access The Peaceful Pill eHandbook online may be in breach of the other regressive Australian laws, eg. the Suicide Related Materials Offences Act.
Australians who purchase the print edition of The Peaceful Pill Handbook from Amazon.com may be in breach of the Australian Customs Act. The Australian Customs Act was amended in 2001 to prevent the import/ export of suicide related material.
Peaceful Pill Handbook Availability
A censored version of The Peaceful Pill Handbook is available at bookstores in New Zealand.
The uncensored version of The Peaceful Pill eHandbook is available for immediate access on this website.
The uncensored version of the print edition of The Peaceful Pill Handbook is available by mail order from this site, or from Amazon.com