Media Release

The Coalition’s Policy to Enhance Online Safety for Children

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband


The Coalition has never supported mandatory internet filtering. Indeed, we have a long record of opposing it.

The policy which was issued today 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.

The policy posted online today is being replaced with the correct version.


Policy with effect following the statement above issued by the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband.

Click here to read the policy.