Sloppy communication ends in massive Coalition backflip

SUPPORT: Malcolm Turnbull.
SUPPORT: Malcolm Turnbull.

LABOR has seized on a stunning Coalition backflip on plans to enforce an opt-out internet filter, saying it shows the party has hidden agendas.

Late yesterday it emerged the Coalition had released a policy which would have blocked adult content on internet and phone services, and people would have to opt out if they wanted unfiltered content.

But just hours later - after communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull defended the plan during an interview with triple j's Hack - the policy was retracted.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has blamed a lack of "quality control" for the error, but that explanation has done little to dispel a storm of Labor criticism.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has labelled the announcement a "debacle" that reveals a party in "policy shambles", and his deputy Anthony Albanese says voters should think twice when they head to the polls tomorrow.

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