UPDATED: Turnbull claims wrong policy document released.
By Tim Colwill on September 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm
UPDATE (9:23 PM EST): Malcolm Turnbull has issued a statement claiming that the Liberal-National Coalition accidentally released the wrong policy document online earlier today.
The policy which was issued today by was poorly worded and incorrectly indicated that the Coalition supported an “opt out” system of internet filtering for both mobile and fixed line services. That is not our policy and never has been.
The correct position is that the Coalition will encourage mobile phone and internet service providers to make available software which parents can choose to install on their own devices to protect their children from inappropriate material.
ORIGINAL STORY: In a $10 million online safety policy document published today by the Liberal Party, it’s been revealed that a Liberal-National Coalition government would implement a mandatory internet filter on adult content with all ISPs and mobile service providers.
The filter, which would be ‘on’ by default and which users would be forced to manually opt out of, is similar (if not identical) to that recently proposed in the UK. According to the policy document (which you can view here as a PDF), it aims to “empower parents” by “giving them the choice of whether or not to operate a filter at home, [and] by establishing the default setting as one which provides maximum protection”.
The Coalition document does not detail whether or not it has received any support from, or consulted with, major ISPs.
A similar proposal from the Labor Party was abandoned back in November of 2012 after strong opposition from ISPs and lobby groups.
The policy announcement comes less then 48 hours before the election, during the blackout period under which it is illegal to air political advertisements.