Anti-Censorship Protest in Sydney May 28, 1999
The Sydney rally attracted a good-sized crowd of about 500 on May 28. We
opened with a Jello Biafra spoken piece. Speakers included:
- Matthew Arnison, who acted as MC.
- Danny Yee, Electronic Frontiers Australia
- Fiona Thompson, who talked about why she objected to the government
censoring what she and her children can access
- Jane Mills (pictured above), from the Australian Film and Television School, who talked
about film and television censorship
After the speeches, the crowd marched through the CBD to the offices
of the Australian Broadcasting Authority, the agency that will be responsible
for censorship orders under the government's Online Services Bill.
We handed out fliers as we went - and passers-by were generally very
supportive. Outside the ABA offices Danny Yee got
up on the bus that was our sound system and spoke again, along with Rob
Thomas who spoke of his situation as an ISP.
The beginning of the march from Hyde Park to the ABA offices