I have concluded that he is an idiot. I thought that Richard Alston (from the mid-90s) would never be beaten as Australia's worst Communications Minister, but alas, Conroy has eclipsed Alston's record.
There's really not much of a walkback going on, if any at all. All Conroy has done (well, he's only blabbed about a tentative proposal) is partially shift responsibility for creating the blacklist from one government office to a subsidiary government office.
Conroy has always claimed (despite contrary evidence) that the mandatory level of filtering would only apply to verified illegal material. So now he's merely changed his terminology to "refused classification" instead, but it's just terminology - this "great firewall" plan of his is essentially unchanged.
Still, I have in mind a solution: a peaceful, constitutionally-compliant "revolution". Everyone of like-mind (about 92% of the adult population by my estimates) simply downs tools until such time as the PM goes to the Governor General and asks for a double dissolution election. We (the people) then make it clear that any candidate that stands on a platform of censorship will not be getting votes from that great majority.
Does this idiot Conroy not realise that there is only one legitimate source of power in our democracy - the people - and that it's his job to serve the people's interests, not his own or those of a handful?
On the up side, at least we're still debating it.