Filter protesters brave Vic weather: Video

Filter protesters brave Vic weather: Video

Summary: Around 200 people were at Melbourne's National Day of Action against the government's internet filter, braving the heat before the state was inundated with golf-ball-sized hailstones just hours later.

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Around 300 people were at Melbourne's National Day of Action against the government's internet filter, braving the heat before the state was inundated with golf-ball-sized hailstones just hours later.

Speaking at the event, various interest groups gathered outside the State Library of Victoria where bananas were given as a prize to protesters with the best sign.

The Greens Party, Sex Party, Pirate Party, Exit International, Electronic Frontiers Australia and Socialist Alternative were all represented at the event.

Each of the organisations and political parties gave reasons as to why they believed the Federal Government's plans should not go ahead for a mandatory filter of the internet.

Greens candidate for the Senate Dr Richard Di Natale said the party would be proposing the government "dump" the proposal. Lindy Boyd from Exit International, a group that advocates safe voluntary suicide for the elderly, raised concerns with the proposed filter blocking access to sites informing the elderly about safe suicide.

Topics: Censorship, Government AU

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  • Pirate Party speech

    Hi,

    My speech can be found at http://craftiscranium.blogspot.com/2010/03/anti-censorship-rally-follow-up.html and more information about the party can be found at http://pirateparty.org.au.

    Regards,

    David Crafti
    President
    Pirate Party Australia
    anonymous
  • Quite obviously

    The weather constitutes a mandate from God that the filter should go ahead.
    anonymous
  • re: Quite obviously

    Actually, the weather constitutes a mandate that God also protests against people using God name to put the filter ahead.
    anonymous
  • Perhaps

    But since there is no God maybe it's just life as normal in Melbourne
    anonymous
  • Organisers note

    Just to clarify, there were over 300 ppl at the event, and the weather held out until after the protest, which to me means god wanted us to protest!
    anonymous
  • But...

    Everyone knows God lives in Queensland.
    anonymous
  • Filter Protesters

    To filter or not to filter ..this is THE.....QUESTION..finally..sheesh..

    God
    anonymous