Smith calls for independent audit of Internet content filter trial results

Shadow communications minister calls for independent audit of Enex Testlab's content filter report

The new shadow Communications Minister, Tony Smith, has called for an independent audit of the Federal Government's controversial ISP-level content filtering trial results released today.

Senator Stephen Conroy today announced he would push ahead with the content filter to block URLs that received a Refused Content classification by the ACMA in the face of considerable public backlash, was potentially detrimental to the industry's reputation.

A trial conducted by Enex Testlab earlier this year with a handful of ISPs resulted in a report also released today.

In a statement Smith said the Coalition supports measures to protect children from inappropriate internet content and that "appropriate adult supervision and guidance should be front and centre of all online safety efforts".

"The fact that it has taken two years in office for Minister Conroy to make today’s announcement is testament to the difficulty he has had with the workability and effectiveness of his proposal and evidence of his chaotic approach to the issue," Smith said in the statement.

"In the meantime, the Minister’s only concrete action has been to cancel from last New Year’s Eve the program implemented by the former Government that provided all Australian families with access to a free PC-based content filter.

"Whilst the Coalition remains concerned that the Rudd Government’s approach will simply be unmanageable, we have also said from the beginning that we were prepared to assess any credible trial results.

"Now that Senator Conroy has finally produced the report, that detail needs to be assessed."

Smith added the coalition would consult with Telstra and other ISPs over the coming weeks to assess the plan.

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