I went today (Melbourne) and, whilst it was well behaved and well attended, I was annoyed at the number of splinter groups that tried to steal the day for themselves.
For example, I agree that the live exportation of stock animals is of great concern, trying to rally people to that cause rather than lending themselves to the overall purpose of today (sending Mr Abbott a message of No Confidence from the people) detracted rather than added to the message.
It was a bit of a rabble with many causes IMO
I was there in Brisbane!! It was absolutely fantastic - extremely well organised. The estimate is a turnout of 10,000. The crowd walked down George street - the atmosphere was very positive! A brass band played along the way to the crowds cheering "hey hey, ho ho, Tony Abbott's got to go". We walked up Adelaide Street then down Edwards, into Margaret street with some nice loud singing outside parliament house. When we were walking up Margaret street we could see people were still walking up Ann street and we were by no means at the front of the crowd. No sign of rent-a-thugs or even a hint of any unsocial behaviour. Massive range of demographics too.
Estimate was 50,000 turnout in Melbourne.
I love this sign.
What annoys me is the fact that I bet a lot of people have no idea what they think they're protesting about.
For instance - one child held a sign saying "asylum seekers younger than me are locked in detention". Okay - fair enough.
As we know - there were only 4 asylum seekers in detention when Labor came into power and since the libs came in, a greater number of asylum seekers have been released into the community or back to their home countries than have landed in Australia.
So is it a relevant placard to have when protesting the current government?
Another - a mother pushing a pram with a placard saying "Toddlers against Tony" - Seriously????
ETA: Another placard - the grandmother holding a placard saying "I have three daughters and Tony Abbott isn't a feminist". So? I'm a feminist. Should I be holding a placard saying I'm a feminist but Tony Abbott isn't?
All of the placards saying "We're unhappy" "Not confident" or whatever. If they're not saying something specific - what are they actually proving?
Someone who had photoshopped a pic of Abbott over Thatcher's head and it said "Tony Thatchbott We want our country back" Can someone expand on what that one is trying to say? Is it saying our country is being run like Thatcher ran the UK for 11+ years? That would make a lie out of all of the comments that he is a misogynist.
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To me the march was simply about people demonstrating they are unhappy with the current government.
I could be wrong, that's my take on it.
I'm just absolutely shaking my head at even more of the placards there.
Do people really believe that we would have had faster reliable AFFORDABLE internet under the Labor NBN for the people that "really" need it? My suburb (35km from a capital city) wasn't even on the map for the next three years. People would still have had to pay subscription for the internet, so people like my step kids who were forever having their internet cut off from non payment of bills would still have missed out during their high school years.
The depictions of abbott being twerked by Murdoch, dressed up in a nappy, the sign saying Ditch the Drongo with his photo, calling him Taliban Tony or with a KFC sign photoshopped with his face saying FKD - what were these really achieving? Besides being defamatory. Were any of the people holding these placards the same ones at the rallies holding the ditch the witch signs? Are they any different?
I'm pretty against strikes and protest marches for all sorts of reasons, and prefer to show my displeasure and rally for change in all sorts of other ways.
So I just wish to state for the record I was just as much against the placards saying Ditch the Witch etc which were against Gillard.
I wonder whether any of these marches will actually bring about any real change or will just be a front page pic in the paper tomorrow then out of the media by the end of the week without achieving anything?
That is fine if rallys aren't your thing, don't go. I can't help but wonder though if people would be picking apart the content of some placards if said placards were in support of their agenda?
Considering it hasn't been given much air time from Murdoch or most mainstream tv, I don't think it's going to get much publicity there.
But if I was tony abbott and saw the majority of the protestors who were calm and civilised, showing how unimpressed they are with the government after only 6 months (most of which they've been behind in the polls) then I would seriously be reflecting on how to improve, or where I went wrong.
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