Top search engines Google and Yahoo have attacked the Federal Government’s proposed internet filter, saying it goes much further than proposed filters in other Western countries, and branding it a dangerous precedent…

Google said Australia went “well beyond” filters being considered in countries such as Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland and Sweden, which focus only on blocking material related to child sex abuse.

Last year, the Rudd government unveiled an ambitious plan to block access to sites featuring material such as rape, drug use, bestiality and child sex abuse with an Internet-wide content filter administered by service providers.