Filter protesters part ways

Filter protesters part ways

Summary: Two separate groups opposed to the Federal Government's proposed mandatory internet filter have become divided on how to voice their disapproval.


Two groups opposed to the Federal Government's proposed mandatory internet filter have become divided on how to voice their disapproval.

The two groups, Stop the Filter and Block the Filter, had initially advocated a national day of action to be held on 6 March. However, the two groups have since disagreed on the proposed form of action that should be taken.

Stop the Filter will press ahead with its street protests in Melbourne and Perth, while Block the Filter has said that it had opted for less confrontational methods, which include barbecues and picnics.

Melbourne's Stop the Filter organiser Michael Tencer told that the group preferred protests as a way of gaining the attention of those who may not be aware of the government's plans.

"It's for everyone," he said. "We're looking to not only show the Labor Government that we're not going to stand for having these censorship laws put into place but also we're looking to inform other people that might not know all the reasons why it doesn't work."

"It's what people were expecting in the short space of time left to garner support from other sectors of the community," said Trish Zanetti, Perth's Stop the Filter organiser. "When you call it a national day of action for so many months, that's what's expected so to turn around and call for a barbecue or a picnic, then that looks a bit weak and wouldn't be wanted by those people who want to have their voices heard."

Zanetti said that Stop the Filter would "agree to disagree" with Block the Filter on the groups' respective forms of protest.

Spokesperson for Block the Filter, Phil Brown, told yesterday, "We feel that the current political situation is not appropriate for protests at the moment and the concept of a street demonstration should be later in the process, like when the Bill passes through the House of Representatives." He had not responded to further requests for comment at the time of writing.

The protests will go ahead at 12pm, 6 March 2010 at the State Library in Melbourne and at Forrest Place, Perth.

Topics: Censorship, Government, Government AU, IT Employment

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  • Melbourne Anti0censorship event

    The Melbourne event outside the State Library on March 6th will NOT be a street protest. It will be a peaceful event that is aimed at everybody. People can come and learn about the issue, without apprehension.
  • ZDNet reporting

    I think that due to the plans having changed recently, and some discrepancies between the Melbourne and Perth events, the ZDNet reporting has been somewhat inaccurate.
  • Perth Rally

    Just to clarify.

    Stop the Filter Perth is holding a rally in Forest Place (see

    With all due respect to Jacqueline, who wrote the article above - I don't think calling the event a 'street protest' well describes what is planned.

    We will have informed speakers - including Senator Scott Ludlam, petitions and information, and hopefully some entertaining performers too.

    Because the rally will be held in Forrest Place there is plenty of opportunity for passers by to hear the issues and come and join us if they want to.

    We won't actually be on the 'streets' at all, although we have discussed the possibility of a march through the Hay and Murray Street Malls in Perth (not Melb) on the day, and the police have said that they are OK with that too.

    Regardless of our difference of opinion on tactics - Stop the Filter Perth is happy to promote the picnics organised for Sydney and Adelaide, as the details come to hand.
  • Filter protestors part ways

    I'd prefer to use the Popular Peoples Front of Judea's approach to the problem.
    What a pathetic rabble