Conroy refuses to drop internet filter policy

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has refused to rule out a return to the Labor Party's controversial internet filter policy despite opposition in the Senate.

Speaking on ABC's Q&A program, Mr Conroy said: "You don't - simply because you get a lot of criticism - simply run away from that policy."

The proposed internet filter would prevent Australians from accessing a 'blacklist' of websites displaying illegal content. But the policy is controversial because of censorship fears and concerns the filter would slow down internet speeds.

Mr Conroy has denied the filter had an impact on the performance of the internet in a trial.

With the majority of senators opposed to the filter following the election, commentators noted that the Labor Party may have to dump the policy before the law has even been drafted.

Before the election, the government announced it would be holding a 12-month review into the Refused Classification category before proceeding any further with the internet filter policy.

The government encouraged Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to voluntarily block illegal content to their customers in the meantime.

Many Australian broadband users are also opposed to the filter, with 75% of respondents to a poll conducted by Compare Broadband prepared to switch internet service providers if their current provider signs up to the government's voluntary internet filter.

In a survey conducted by Compare Broadband, which asked, "If your internet provider starts to filter content (blocking websites promoting illegal activities), would you move to one that doesn't?" a massive 75% of the 283 polled Australians said they would leave their current internet service provider in order to receive an unfiltered service.