On Saturday it was revealed that the Federal Government has been contracting a private intelligence company to spy on environmental and community groups' communications on the internet.
Unlike ASIO and the AFP, NOSIC (National 'Open-Source' Intelligence Centre) is unaccountable to Parliament, and thus the public. Their actions have seen community groups and environment groups labelled subversive and akin to terrorists; if you've written on the Facebook wall of a community group opposing housing developments or participated in a tree planting day, you're likely to have been monitored and spied on by this company.
We at Occupy Melbourne believe that this is an highly invasive and unacceptable and will be taking action against Martin Ferguson MP, the Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism.
We invite all Occupy Melbourne supporters, all community groups and anyone interested in expressing their anger to meet at City Square at 3:30PM (2:30PM if you're someone who runs late) so that we can make our way via Tram to Martin Ferguson's office in Preston by 4:30.
If you can't, or don't want to meet up there, please be at Martin Ferguson's office by 4:30PM to protest against this intrusion into our civil liberties.