The NSW Government has missed an opportunity to protect children from the harms of online pornography by rejecting the recommendation of a cross-party inquiry to push for internet filtering.

ACL spokesperson Wendy Francis said the cross party parliamentary inquiry into the Sexualisation of Children and Young people worked for months with stakeholders and was faced with the reality and the tragedy, as well as the dire consequences of the premature sexualisation of our youth.

“The committee recognised that online pornography is a serious health risk to our children.

“It is disappointing, therefore, that the government has so quickly dismissed a key recommendation to lobby the Commonwealth to act on a filtering regime that would protect children online,” Ms Francis said.

“What the inquiry discovered is nothing new to parents and community workers who daily see the harmful effects of online pornography on children and young people,” Ms Francis said.

Most of the inquiry’s nine other recommendations were also dismissed or responded to with platitudes.

“It is disappointing to see so little action from such a worthwhile inquiry.

Read the NSW Government’s full response here