AnonSA does not endorse or support the recent attempts by Anonymous hackers to attack government websites. We are a peaceful protest group. While we agree that the government’s proposed internet censorship legislation is an ill-conceived idea, we do not condone the methods taken by the individuals responsible for the DDoS attacks as an appropriate way to engage with the government.
Please refer to the post below regarding Operation Didgeridie for the methods we do encourage.
EDIT: Also, check out Stilgherrian’s Patch Monday (15/2/2010) podcast in which AnonSA features :)
ANONSA WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE DO NOT SUPPORT THE DDOS OR ANY OTHER ILLEGAL ACTIONS.
As we always have, We do NOT support or condone any illegal activities against the Australian Government (or the Church of Scientology). We encourage peaceful, legal action only.
We would like to encourage Anonymous and members of the Australian Public to take action against the Australian Governmentâ€”peacefully and legally. You do not need to identify as “Anonymous” or wear the Guy Fawkes mask to participate.
We are looking for as many people as possible to:
Send a letter to your Minister about the Proposed Internet Censorship
Send a letter to Senator Stephen Conroy.
Talk to everyone about Internet Censorship. Put it on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, forums, talk to your friends, your family, and your cat.
Make posters (and share them here) and put them on Community Noticeboards or anywhere you can get attention
Phone Senator Stephen Conroy’s office about the Censorship
Phone your Minister about the Censorship
Send faxes to Ministers about the Censorship
Phone talk-back radio about the Censorship
Contact local television stations about the Censorship
Write letters to the Editor of your local Newspaper about the Censorship…
In short, tell as many people as many ways as possible about the Censorship.
Finally, we hope to arrange a protest against the Internet Censorshipâ€”not as Anonymous, but as Australian Citizens. Perhaps there will be more information on this later.
And again, we do NOT support the DDoS!
REALLY good commentary here regarding the attack, better than any of the stories.
CITY of Adelaide Minister Jane Lomax-Smith unknowingly appears in an internet video in which she brands members of Scientology as “bastards” while criticising the group’s entitlement to tax exemptions for religious organisations.
Her comments were secretly filmed in May by the internet collective Anonymous, which has been conducting protests against Scientology and posted on the online video site, YouTube.
Anonymous members, often wearing eye-catching disguises, have been holding monthly protests against Scientology and its teachings.
The YouTube video shows Dr Lomax-Smith in front of a restaurant in Waymouth St, next door to Scientology, asking a group of masked people: “Are you all related to someone who’s been sucked in?”
The video, which appeared to be taken without Dr Lomax-Smith’s consent, then hears her discussing Scientology’s tax exemptions, a status shared by other religious organisations and charities.
“They should be taxed, the bastards,” she is heard saying. “They shouldn’t be tax free, we’re subsidising them.”
In an emailed statement from the ministers’ media adviser Leah Manuel, Dr Lomax-Smith said: “It was a private conversation and I was expressing a personal view. There’s nothing more to add.”
Scientologist spokesman Nigel Manock said he was aware of the video and had sought clarification from the State Government, which had responded by saying Dr Lomax-Smith’s views did not reflect State Labor antidiscrimination
MICHAEL OWEN, POLITICAL REPORTER July 10, 2008 03:20pm
EDUCATION Minister Jane Lomax-Smith has been caught on tape declaring Scientologists “should be taxed, the bastards”.
Footage from a video recorded during a protest on May 10 by internet activist group Anonymous has emerged which shows Dr Lomax-Smith casually chatting to protesters in Adelaide.
Clearly not a fan of the controversial Church of Scientology, Dr Lomax-Smith asks protesters how frequently they gather and exclaims, “oh, it’s great”.
She then asks about the protest group, which is dedicated to “dismantling and destroying” the Church of Scientology.
Watch the video here – the footage featuring Jane Lomax-Smith begins at the 8:05 mark, towards the end of the recording
It wants the church’s tax-exempt status rescinded, alleging it is a cult rather than a religion.
The religious organisation is regularly in the news for its beliefs and high-profile celebrity spokespeople such as Tom Cruise, as well as its fundraising activities.
Dr Lomax-Smith tells protesters: “They should be taxed, the bastards. They shouldn’t be tax-free, we’re subsidising them.”
She then says: “I like your masks.”
In an emailed statement issued today, Dr Lomax-Smith said: “It was a private conversation and I was expressing a personal view. There’s nothing more to add.”
Church of Scientology Australia president Vicki Dunstan said the organisation was entitled to the same rights as other churches “and the full bench of the High Court of Australia unanimously confirmed this in 1983″.
“Dr Lomax-Smith is an elected official and as such represents the voice and rights of the many different races, cultures and creeds in their electorate,” Ms Dunstan said.
“She has a duty to follow the policy of her party and refrain from making derogatory public comments that promote intolerance and violate the very basis of our democratic constitution.”
State Opposition Leader Martin Hamilton-Smith said Dr Lomax-Smith’s assertion that the church should not be exempt from tax “flies in the face of federal and state decisions to exempt the church from taxes”.
“The Treasurer has signed off on exemptions from state payroll taxes and they include organisations such as the Church of Scientology,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.
“If Dr Lomax-Smith thinks that’s wrong, then she should raise her concerns with (Treasurer Kevin Foley) and justify her case.”
A SOUTH Australian minister has attacked the Church of Scientology, branding its members as “bastards”.
Education and Childrenâ€™s Services Minister Jane Lomax-Smith made the comment to a group of protesters outside the churchâ€™s offices in Adelaide.
She was recorded and the video was posted on You Tube sometime after the protest earlier this year.
Ms Lomax-Smith was critical of Scientologyâ€™s tax-free status as a religious organisation.
“They should be taxed â€“ the bastards,” she told the small group of protesters from an internet collective called Anonymous.
â€œThey shouldnâ€™t be tax-free, weâ€™re subsidising them.â€
The minister approached the group whose members wear masks and asked whether they were all related to someone who had been â€œsucked inâ€ by scientology.
She has described her comments as personal views made in a private conversation.
Scientology attracts high-profile converts around the world including actor Tom Cruise who is believed to have introduced one of Australiaâ€™s richest men, Jamie Packer, to the church and its practices.
[Edit: WE JUST MADE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA - UPI reported on it:]
ADELAIDE, Australia, July 10 (UPI) — The South Australian government said Friday that the education minister had a right to call Scientologists “bastards” in a video posted on YouTube.
Jane Lomax-Smith made the comments in May when she encountered demonstrators from a group that calls itself Anonymous outside the Church of Scientology headquarters in Adelaide, The Australian reports. Lomax-Smith asked the masked protesters if they were related to people who had been “sucked in” by Scientology.
“They should be taxed, the bastards,” she added. “They shouldn’t be tax-free; we’re subsidizing them. I like your masks.”
Anonymous posted the video on the Internet, leading to an official protest from the church to South Australian Premier Mike Rann. In a statement Thursday from Sydney, the church said that Lomax-Smith should not promote intolerance.
Rann’s office said that Lomax-Smith was giving her own views in a private conversation as she has a right to do.
The church, founded by L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer, has a number of high-profile members, including movie stars John Travolta and Tom Cruise.
It was also reported on on Channel 7 News Adelaide on the 10th of July, but I am unaware of any cap of it – if you have one, could you please share it to us and link to it in the comments. There was also a much longer print version of the Messenger Article, published in the “Issues” section of The Eastern Courier on the 3rd of July, which we would also like to get a copy of.
The Video in question that they are reporting on is the May 10th Raid video:
And finally, The Today Tonight reports (Scientology: If your listening, we had nothing to do with the making of these videos, we do not work with Channel 7 or Today Tonight in any way)
Pilkington: What about Jane Lomax having a go at the Scientologists and she says, itâ€™s a con and they ought to be taxed, and itâ€™s been put up on the â€˜net this morning! Conlon: The context is that when that anonymous group, the white faces â€¦ did their protest a few weeks ago she went and talked to them and this is the soundtrack from the video. So it wasnâ€™t a public statement by her, she was just chatting to them ,but she quite clearly thinks theyâ€™re a cult and that they should be taxed. Of course, they should be tax free because they won the right to be a church in Australia Pilkington: They won â€¦ a High Court decision â€¦ in the eighties â€¦ Conlon: Somebody should take it on again some time! Pilkington: Garyâ€™s here â€¦ Jon Blake (As Lomax-Smith) No, sorry itâ€™s not Gary, sorry that must be from some previous caller. Itâ€™s Jane Lomax-Smith. Conlon: Hello there Jon Blake Hooo, hello. hahahahahaha, look I was going to ring you about this, because itâ€™s really a *missing word* issue and I knew it was close to your heart Keith because you hate them as much as I do. Conlon: I do, yes. Jon Blake So … why donâ€™t we have a yelling match? Iâ€™ll start off with an abuse and then you come back with one. Bastards. Conlon: Yeah, shocking. Jon Blake No, no … You come back with asshole, and I say, â€˜mongrelsâ€™, and you can say â€˜turdsâ€™, and Iâ€™ll say â€˜money driven wackosâ€™, â€˜volcano living spaced out goonbarsâ€™ and then you can â€˜twatsâ€™ and then we can use the c-word – call them a bunch of â€˜cultsâ€™ , a bunch of cults! … Come on, youâ€™re not joining in Keith. I thought youâ€™d be, itâ€™s right up your alley isnâ€™t it, really? Hmmmm? Are you wearing your magic underwear. No, thatâ€™s the Mormans isnâ€™t it? weâ€™ll get them next. Byeeeeee, hahahaha Conlon:…The Mormans donâ€™t charge you thousands of dollars to improve your personality. Pilkington: So they won a High Court decision back in the eighties â€¦ to be considered a church and as such itâ€™s tax exempt â€¦ Conlon: Unlike Germany where theyâ€™re banned.
Anonymous managed to get an interview in the latest “Entropy” mag produced by UniSA in the may issue.
The article is on page 17.
ENTROPY: And a cult, how is it different to a religion? ANONYMOUS: Weâ€™re not basing the â€˜cultâ€™ label on its beliefs â€“ rather, on its practices. Apart from its now-infamous Fair Game policy, Scientology also discourages members from having contact with non-Scientologists, except for recruitment purposes.
Youâ€™re also required to cease any communications with anyone who is sceptical of the Church â€“ their infamous Disconnection policy. They also try to silence any criticism â€“ like the Tom Cruise video. They even attacked Time Magazine for an article that referred to them as a â€˜greedy and dangerous cultâ€™.
Great stuff, keep up the good work people, you do good work and you get noticed.
It has come to the attention of Anonymous that Scientologists may be distributing the Anonymous Hate Crimes propaganda DVD in South Australia.
Scientologists have approached Adelaide shop owners who have displayed Anonymous posters: advising them to take down the posters. One shop owner has reported that he was contacted on two occasions by members of the Church of Scientology. Another shop owner has advised members of Anonymous that posters displayed on their premises were stolen. Both locations displayed the posters prominently and were in high-traffic areas of Adelaide.
The first shop owner advised Anonymous that they were warned “not to put up stuff like that”, and the poster was removed. The business agreed to place a second poster in their window, and they were again contacted by Scientology. On the second occasion, the poster was again removed, and they were given a DVD. We have reason to believe this DVD is the Anonymous Hate Crimes film.
If you have been contacted by Scientology and have one of these DVD’s, please contact us: