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I can still has internet?

This post is for my fellow Aussies!  I don't know how many Australians read this journal (There are at least three?), but if you are both Australian and on the internet you probably know about the Government's poorly-conceived internet filter by now.  Which to any reasonable mind is a huge waste of money that won't actually stop people accessing illegal websites and 'unwanted content' and will ultimately slow down the country's already slow and expensive internet.  Never mind that the vast majority of professionals have pointed out its lack of feasibility, or that the people involved in drafting this haven't even bothered defining what 'unwanted content' is.  The popular joke at the moment is that they're going to block the websites for foreign airlines so that everyone has to fly QANTAS.

I think the slow march to becoming a Nanny state has gone on far enough.  The Howard government's voluntary internet filter failed so Rudd's government is going to try and impose a mandatory one?  And despite Senator Conroy's insistence that it's only going to block websites that would be illegal anyway, I think we've all seen how this slippery slope works before. 

I would rant on the internet filter a bit more, but there are already a lot of people on the net who have done so in far more detail and much more eloquently than I could.  The upshot of this post is - I'm doing my tiny part in getting the word out about the nationwide protests happening in all of the capital cities this Saturday. 

Melbourne Protest
Date: Saturday 13th of December
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Outside the State Library, corner of Swanston St and La Trobe St.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=46838735931

Brisbane Protest:
Date: Saturday 13th of December
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Brisbane Square - (This is opposite the Conrad Treasury Casino next to Victoria Bridge)
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=42526399601

Sydney Protest:
Date: Saturday 13th of December
Location: Town Hall Square, George Street
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=49916537640

Adelaide Protest:
Date: Saturday 13th of December
Location: Parliament House
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=39343300875

Hobart Protest:
Date: Saturday 13th of December
Location: Parliament Lawns
Time: 11:00am - 1:30pm
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=39329861995

Perth Protest:
Date: Saturday 13th of December
Location: Stirling Gardens
Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=45738419714
And also websites with more information about it:
  • Federal Govt site
  • GetUp
  • Stop the Clean Feed

    Even if you can't come to the protests, tell your friends!  The more people the better.  Let's make this thing the top story on the National News.

    And remember - those who trade freedom for security deserve neither.  We shouldn't let it get to that point.

    /steps off soap box.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
Why am I in another country, why. ;_;
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up. I'd heard about the censorship but it really hadn't registered until I read the articles you've linked.

I'm going to make a appearance on Saturday. This isn't right, soon we'll have all our phones tapped and our channels regulated to approved material.
Dec. 10th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
No probs. The more people we get there, the better!

You know what? This would be a frighteningly good occasion for a laughing man cosplay.
Dec. 11th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Laughing man? I have to get around to watching Ghost in the Shell!

But V from Vendetta would do nicely too. ;)
Dec. 9th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
I offer you moral support!

* righteous rage* >:[

It's ridiculous.
Dec. 10th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
OK, I know I'm awfully late and that it doesn't really have much to do with this post, but-


Dec. 11th, 2008 10:10 am (UTC)
Though your data was inaccurate, your thought is very much appreciated Akaya-kun. ^__^
Dec. 11th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
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