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MARCH IN MARCH And why I support it.

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What is that incites normal everyday citizens to protest? To rally as a grass roots organisation and March across the nation saying:

“Let disgust be your compass”.

After all it is estimated that only 15% of Australians have ever protested. Has the Abbott Government been so poor so harmful as to merit a grass roots uprising.

Last Sunday I spoke with Tim Jones who together with Craig Andrew Batty is a co-founder of “March in March”. Tim is a Newcastle resident who recently joined the Labor Party because he identified with its policies but is normally just a political spectator. He is by no means active in the party. He says the leadership group of 4 women and 3 male organisers are bi-partisan and he isn’t aware of the party affiliation, if any, of any of them. He goes out of his way to point out that the group is unaffiliated with any political organisation. It is important for people to recognise that the march is essentially a protest about how we are being governed.

So what drives the cohort is a simply relied on determination and a shared sense of a ‘self-evident’ need for decency to be a major factor in all human decisions.

Initially they talked among themselves and set up a Facebook page (a twitter account followed) which rapidly grew and the “March in March” idea was born. In the style of true grass roots activism people jumped on board volunteering to do their bit. A protest had begun. Like minded ordinary people joined the chorus of objection against the Abbott led Government. The group were not professional organisers but collectively had skills in areas that would bring things together. And indeed they have with some TV commercials going to air this week.

“It’s what you do when you become so disillusioned” Tim Jones said.

In all, a series of 30 Marches across the nation will take place with the final one on Monday March 17 at Parliament House Canberra. It’s a sitting day on which they plan to deliver a statement of no confidence in the Abbott Government.

See this list for times and dates.

A Statement of No Confidence in the Abbott Government:

From The People of Australia

The people express their profound dissatisfaction with actions of the Liberal National Party Coalition Government and the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, during their term in office. This document asserts that many decisions made within this Government’s term in office have already resulted in, and will continue to result in, great damage to Australia’s economy, to our social structure, to the deterioration of our country’s international public image and to further devastation of our natural environment and our Heritage listed sites.

The people protest at a great number of policies and decisions being implemented by the Liberal National Party Coalition Government which are in denial of the best interests and image of our nation and an affront to the common good.

This document affirms the public dissatisfaction with policies that are incompatible with our international moral and legal responsibilities and to our way of life as a compassionate and caring people.

The social democracy that represents the very fabric of Australian ideology requires that the Government govern for the common good of all its people.

We believe that decisions have been made in our name which are unfair, lacking in integrity, costly and divisive.

We, the people of Australia, call upon the Government to recognise this Statement of No Confidence.

“The common good”. Tim Jones kept repeating it like an Abbott jab to the head.

The common good – now that’s something I have written about at length and it should be at the very heart of any political philosophy. But was Abbott really so poor as to warrant a grass roots Australia wide protest. After all Governments win Government and are entitled to govern.

I put this to Tim Jones who said; “Let me give you a few words” (Tim also happens to be a linguist). “Try decency, fairness, lies, equality, unaccountability, equity, corruption, secrecy, deception and unethical governance. The Prime Minister is set upon dividing the Nation and the people are fed up”.

I had to admit that whilst the government was on the nose, they had, after all won the election. An odd one at that. After three years of a combination of Abbott negativity and Labor’s repetitive leadership speculation the public was sick of it and wanted change. Even if it were only for change’s sake. The oddity was that the public overwhelmingly supported Labor Party policies. And of course the LNP was generously supported by the world’s most corrupt and unethical media baron in Rupert Murdoch.

But it was the aftermath of the election that had upset people like Tim. The sheer bloody mindedness, the sense of entitlement and born to rule mentality. The hypocrisy of claiming a mandate. The long list of broken promises that in hindsight have reduced his election campaign to a series of deliberate untruths.

All the inquiries headed by known conservative sympathisers. the blatant robbing of the poor to financially advance the rich and privileged. The downgrading and respect for science. The insincerity of appointing himself as minister for women and Aboriginals. His attack on equality of opportunity in education.

As Tim said to me:

When you boil it down it’s the way he is trying to re shape Australia and us with his own political philosophy. Every decision, every appointment has his personal ideology written all over it. And its all aided and abetted by a compliant right wing press. Nothing has the authenticity of government for the common good.

Tim went on to talk about leadership, character and values. It was an area in which I take a deep interest because I have often stated that our Prime Minister is the most perverted liar to ever grace the halls of Parliament. And I don’t say that lightly. I am not generally in the habit of calling people liars. Tony Abbott has never transformed from negative opposition leader to respected statesman. He cannot do so because his personality traits are so deeply ingrained. And as Tim said:

Good thinking Australians are being silenced.

Well if we are to believe the polls the Abbott led Government is the least popular newly elected government ever. And that also applies for Abbott as well. Six months into a first term, governments are usually enjoying a honeymoon period. Not so Abbott who seems unfazed by it all as he governs with the negative psychology of opposition. On top of that his daily language is both simplistically embarrassing, arrogant and internationally offensive. One wonders what destructive policy direction he will take one day to the next.

The following is lifted from my piece titled ‘’The Inequity of Inequality’’ I may be in danger of repeating myself but sometimes the truth needs some force behind it.

Thus far on the evidence available it is clear that the Prime Minister is taking us on a journey of inevitable inequality. Every action, every decision seems to be designed to advantage wealth and privilege. And he is doing so aided and abetted by big business, the IPA, mining corporations and lobbyists plus the influence of one of the most corrupt and malevolently obnoxious media barons that ever walked this earth. Abbott’s government is willing to supress information if it suits their aims and one has to wonder what other information they are supressing. Explicit lying by the Prime Minister and his Ministers is so common and frequent that it has invaded our normal vernacular to the point where the average punter is no longer able to distinguish between it and truth.We are experiencing a new form of government. Something approaching extremism. Well it’s certainly not Liberalism. That’s a word Abbott rarely uses.

It remains to be seen how effective these marches will be but one thing is for sure. At this time in our history this citizen’s protest is seriously merited. I endorse Tim Jones and his citizens Marches. And I do so wholeheartedly.

Here is a list of Abbott’s broken promises (refer to this topic).

“In terms of social activism. The word wait should never mean never”.

John Lord

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  1. Kaye Lee

    At the Senate inquiry into the Coalition’s Direct Action Plan, Professor Ross Garnaut, in answer to Nationals Senator John Williams’ question if he believed in democracy and respected ”the will of the Australian people” to abolish the carbon tax, responded that “simply forming government does not automatically endow one with the right to do whatever one wants.”

    And therein lies a large part of the problem. Good voices have indeed been silenced in the pursuit of an agenda of advantage for the advantaged and austerity for the rest. There is no long term planning. Approving vast new coal mines and moving away from renewable energy when the rest of the world is moving in the opposite direction is economic, environmental, and diplomatic madness. Making business more important than science will see us fall far behind in the innovations of the future. Exaggerating problems such as debt, deficit, and the threat posed by asylum seekers has become a tactic to manipulate rather than inform people. Billions spent on punishing people who came to us seeking safe haven is an abomination that will be long remembered.

    I will March to say you do NOT have a mandate to do whatever you want. You do NOT have a mandate to misinform and manipulate. You do NOT have a mandate to silence the experts and surround yourself with sympathetic mouthpieces. You do NOT have a mandate to use whatever means you choose to achieve your goals. You do NOT have a mandate to shamelessly reward your supporters and disenfranchise dissenting voices.

    MARCH IN MARCH

  2. DanDark

    March in March
    my 3 kids and I will travel 4hrs to join my fellow Australians
    to peacefully protest against this heinous,incompetent fed gov

    I have been following the campaign for a few weeks now
    I have never protested against anything in my past 51 years
    But Phony Tony the human wrecking ball
    has to go,and ASAP

    He is a contaminator,and an exterminator
    everything he touches turns to dust,and ash
    Phony Tony and his henchmen
    are extremists,from one extreme(lie) to the other
    with NO plan to govern

    Have a great day fellow marches…….

  3. Douglas Evans

    March in March is an opportunity to get out and register outrage at what is being done in our name and of course it should be supported. I will be marching. However for the vast majority of those who burn a little shoe leather in a good cause it is no more than an opportunity to feel good about themselves and to persuade themselves that they are actually doing something to promote change. This will be the sum total of their activism – at least until someone organizes another big march. Such events do nothing to change the political trajectory unless other stars align and they represent a massive groundswell of anger directed into viable action opposing the government. Think back to the massive marches opposing our involvement in Iraq and reflect on what good they did. Think back to the recent rallies against dismantling the Labor-Greens-Independent clean energy legislation. I was one of 20,000 people in the Treasury Gardens in Melbourne that sunny day. What good did that do? I remember so many marches and rallies in support of climate common sense over the last six years – forgotten by the general populace within half an hour of the evening news bulletin featuring the 15 second grab of cheerful faces and catchy banner slogans. There is a line of thought that says these events actually aid the cause they are opposing because they supply a necessary safety valve allowing a little steam to be blown off before the pressure threatens an explosion. I have given activism away as I have other issues I want to pursue in the decade or so that remains to me but I won’t be fooling myself that this stroll in the sun is a harbinger of change – it almost certainly won’t be. As you march keep in mind that unless this is merely another action (or maybe your first step) in a larger commitment to unrelenting effort by a large majority of those involved – NOTHING WILL CHANGE.

  4. Dan Rowden

    If nothing else MiM may achieve a heightening of awareness. It may cause some, hopefully many, people to stop and think about what the Government is doing and educate themselves further as to the extent of their damage. That knowledge is, frankly, confined to those of us that are far more politically engaged than is the norm. This Government is yet to really “sting” most people on a personal level; that will come in due course, but thus far there is little reason for many people to understand why a protest against the Government should take place. Hopefully that might change a little.

  5. Kaye Lee

    I disagree Douglas. I remember the moratorium marches, I remember the Sorry march across the Harbour Bridge, look at the Tent Embassy and the Freedom Rides.

    The resounding victory in the last election has given this government an arrogant sense of entitlement where they know they have the numbers to push through whatever they want with a blatant disregard for the common good.

    But they are also sensitive to public opinion. They are spending millions on market research and employing hundreds of spin doctors (and that’s just for Scott Morrison). They are trolling through the net to find out what we think, and their slavish focus on polls and advertising makes them vulnerable.

    This is also a good way to engage the young, and to bring together people who are dissatisfied with the direction this government is taking. A collective voice is louder than individual complaints.

    You may be right – I do not expect the government to do a complete turnaround tomorrow – but the more people who raise questions, the more who take part in public protests, the greater the awareness and dissemination of the truth, the more chance we have to make him One Term Tony. One thing is certain, nothing will be achieved by sitting at home in mute acceptance.

  6. Kathy Higgins

    I also have never protested against anything in my life, silently yes, but not vocally and in person. When I read about March inMarch on Facebook, I decided there and then to join the March. I cannot abide the hypocracy of Tony Abbot and his fellow politicians. He is a liar through and through. When I told my husband I was marching, he also decided to join me. See you all there and let’s hope everybody listens to our protest.

  7. Kaye Lee

    From Independent Australia:

    “These are but a few of the known, or declared, environmentally destructive acts, of the last six months.
    1.Discrediting of and intent to axe the price on carbon. The repeal has been passed in the lower house.
    2.Approval of Clive Palmer’s China First mine in the Galilee Basin.
    3.Approval for Gina Rinehart’s coal mine expansion in Galilee Basin.
    4.Approval of expansion of coal port at Abbott Point.
    5.Allowing dumping of dredged toxic material perilously close to Great Barrier Reef.
    6.Enabling shark killing in Western Australia by exempting WA from protected species legislation.
    7.Breaking an election promise to send a vessel to the Antarctic to monitor Japanese whalers.
    8.Approving grazing trial of cattle in Victorian Alpine National Parks despite flawed science supporting it.
    9.Appointment of out and proud climate skeptic/denier and former oil executive Dick Warburton to head a ‘review’ of renewable energy targets.
    10.Fast tracking of environmental approvals; that is cutting “green tape” and thereby jeopardising environment approvals.
    11.Attempts by the Coalition to dismantle the Climate Change Authority, which have recently ‒ thankfully ‒ been rejected in the Senate.
    12.Plans to formally apply to wind back heritage listing of Tasmanian Forests.
    13.Declaration by Tony Abbott that ‘we have too many locked up forests’ and National Parks.
    14.Denial of a link between wild fires and extreme heat, leading to the non-implementation of protective or adaptive responses.
    15.Failure to listen to the science of climate change regarding Queensland droughts so that no real adaptive action was taken.
    16.Abbott’s responding IMF head Christine Lagarde calling for the G20 to include climate change on its priorities as not wanting the “agenda to get too cluttered”.
    17.Ignoring report of CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology on state of Australia’s climate.
    18.Pointless and costly review of wind farming and its health issues, despite 20 previous investigations having cleared wind farming of any health concerns.
    19.Failure by Abbott to show concern about the health risks of coal despite the recent ongoing polluting coal fire at Morwell.
    20.Federal cuts to all environmental legal aid.
    21.Rephrasing and renaming ‘clean energy’ as dirty words, while cleansing dirty coal language.
    22.Mounting concerted attacks on renewables.
    23.Axing of COAG (Council of Australian Governments) Environment Ministers Forum after 41 years.
    24.Scrapping the Biodiversity Fund and Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
    25.Cutting $6.7 million funding to the: Caring for our Country Program.
    26.Abolition of the Low Carbon Communities Program.
    27.CSG approvals fast tracked despite concerns and evidence of the contamination of aquifers.
    28.Promotion of the sham of “Direct Action” on climate, which features financial compensation/incentives to big polluters.
    29.Refusal to heed the Climate Authority about increasing emission reduction targets.
    30.Not having a science minister.”

  8. Carol Taylor

    I’ll be marching so say, No Tony Abbott, you do not speak for me.

    Michael, it may not change the minds of the government but it might make them think twice before they consider that just because the Murdoch media will support them in everything/anything, that we the people do not have a voice..and a presence.

    Yes I agree the likes of Bolt will feast on us, a bunch of hippy rent-a-crowd, latte sipping, Chardonay swilling, leftie Greenie ferals and all the other descriptions that are usually trotted out for such occasions.

  9. Douglas Evans

    Kaye Lee
    The moratorium marches eventually coincided with the political momentum driven by a change in the political climate in the USA. Then and only then, despite consistent and widespread campaigning against our involvement in Vietnam, change occurred. Until then we were confronted by political belligerence and police violence. The point being that even WITH concerted nationwide grassroots political pressure over a number of years and the support of the ALP (which at that time I still thought stood for something) there was no success until big brother started to change his mind. By themselves without these other factors nothing would have been changed by the marches themselves. The Sorry march was an event marking a political transition already in train. Without the will of the Rudd government already telegraphed well in advance the march would have sunk without trace. The Tent Embassy was a protracted and very visible gesture quite different from a single afternoon’s frolic in the sun. It was only enabled by a strange loophole in Canberra’s municipal regulations that meant they were lawfully able to set up camp on the old Parliament house lawns. Without this it would have been very rapidly closed down. Likewise the Freedom Rides, a very clever and brave political campaign by people who understood the calculus of power. Even so ask yourself how long it took before change occurred. The accurate comparison is with other marches and campaigns not backed by political will and/or sufficiently widespread organized grassroots resistance with some political leverage – like those I mentioned. Your examples I’m afraid only confirm what I said above. March next weekend (as I will) and enjoy yourself but unless you and thousands like you are prepared to commit to consistent activism over the ensuing years do not imagine that anything will change as a result. It’s just not that easy.

  10. Michael Taylor

    I’ll be marching.

    Nothing will change in the minds of the government. Nothing will change in the minds of the media either. In fact, the likes of Bolt et al will feast upon us.

    But I will, nonetheless, feel better within myself for marching.

  11. Kaye Lee

    Douglas,

    You seem to view the world through negative defeatism. That is your choice. My life experience has been different to yours. I have many times seen the reverberating effects of small actions. Just as one small act of kindness can have a ripple effect, so can groundswell protest spread.

    I am not so naïve as to think that on Monday afternoon Tony Abbott will relinquish power or his pursuit of wealth for his mates. I am not sure what you think the march is supposed to achieve. If people learn, if they feel a sense of empowerment by expressing their displeasure, if they feel supported by banding together to provide a voice of dissent, if some of the media choose to cover the MiM, then good things have been achieved.

    You dismissed my examples by saying that those events were expressing the political will of the day (which somehow you seem to believe does not come from the people). Could I remind you that we HAVE carbon pricing now and increasingly the rest of the world is moving towards it. The political will of anyone with an ounce of sense is there. We need to help them.

    One march will not change the world. Neither will sitting there saying there is no point. I have seen the power of optimism and positive action and will not let your pessimism deter me.

  12. Ausgaia

    Douglas,
    I will be marching on Saturday here in SA.(pity it is on election day and we will not be very newsworthy)

    I have never felt so helpless regarding the future of Australia as I do now. I might be a small flea on the skin of this so called Government, but if a lot of fleas keep on biting, they may eventually start an itch which can spread.

    I am going to do my bit to change the direction that Australia is heading. I will also continue trying to bring about change in the future.

    For the first time in my life I am actually getting involved in the politics of this country, I have always been one of the silent majority in the past. In fact I have never greatly thought about politics, it was something I read about in the papers and promptly forgot about. But then Australia grew up and had a women PM. I was proud and admired her intelligence and liked some of her ideas, Then I watched, listened and read the disgusting things said about her. I read the comments from uneducated idiots on the news ltd sites and was disgusted. I had emails sent to me that were porn, lies sent to me about Asylum seekers. I got angry they were not just attaching the Prime Minister, they were attaching the office of the Prime Minister AND MYSELF, MY DAUGHTER and MY GRAND DAUGHTERS = women.

    I will be marching with some of my family and the blessing of the rest.

    If I can become involved, and as I discuss the issues bit by bit with my peers, I am amazed at the number who feel the same as I do. They are like me a bit scared to air my views

    ONE SMALL STEP AT A TIME.

  13. lawrencewinder

    This country is in the crisis that Rabbott-the-Hun always claimed that Labor was causing. The mendacious ideology of this corrupt rabble is astounding.Their fascist-like mentality in tearing away conventions and passing legislation to protect themselves from what they obviously know would come back to haunt them, kafka-esque. Unless there is a double dissolution or a revolution they will manipulate the system to stay in power forever. My wife and I and our children will be MiM… in spite of the Govt of the”Tardis State” , (Where-All-Goes-Backward) passing anti-assembly legislation at 1:00am this morning.

  14. Truth Seeker

    Sadly, due to my health—or lack thereof— I won’t be able to march, but I will be supporting it as much as I can 😉

    And by way of support, I posted “The march in March, placard suggestions!” 😀 and have had some fine suggestions so far, but more are invited to add to the list 😀

    The march in March… placard suggestions!

    Cheers 😀

  15. 2rhoeas3

    I will be marching in March. I will travel down to Cairns with a couple of other equally concerned friends. I too joined the Labor Party, to add to their membership, where previously I prided myself on being open to which ever political party would be beneficial for both its people AND its environment.

    On moving to the far North of Queensland in the Eighties, Bjelke Petersen was instrumental in my greater attention to politics. The Newman Government is tending to revert to Bjelke’s model.

    My feelings are, having read much about the Koch Brothers of the U.S., and the Heartland Institute, as well as the ‘Americans for Prosperity’ which seems is actually the Tea Party, that this Abbott Government is moving towards this goal. The ideologies of the people he is putting into important positions is highly concerning. If this march needs to be taken further, then I will certainly be involved as much as I can, being in a more remote part of Australia.

  16. FSM is coming.

    I’ll be there.
    There is a small minority that do not facebook. I for one, hate facebook and everything it stands for.

    anyway, people have shared links that ‘aren’t facebook’ well, they lead to facebook.

    All I need to know is Perth: Where and when. If someone could simply post that information. Thanks!

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  18. Roswell

    The Perth March is at 10:30 on the 16th at Langley Park.

  19. Truth Seeker

    Migs, thanks mate, but it’s not that bad yet, 😉 I just walk at a snails pace, and cannot walk far without having to stop to catch my breath, so I would bee well and truly be left behind 🙁

    But I do appreciate the thought mate 😀

    Cheers 😀

  20. FSM is coming.

    Thanks for the info fellow Posters!!!

    I hope to see a few Pastaferians at the march!!

  21. Michael Taylor

    Truthie, if I was there I’d push your bed along for you. 🙂

  22. Dan Rowden

    Well, I’m relived they chose a site that’s not too close to Leederville, but I suspect MiM will have to brace for some bad press over the St Pat’s celebrations. I still think the organisers have gotten that badly wrong. Hopefully it will turn out that I’m the one who’s wrong about the implications of the clash.

    The Perth march looms as the most important of all given the new Senate vote.

  23. Michael Taylor

    I’ll see if I can find a link for you FSM. I’m out and about at the moment so it won’t be for an hour or two.

  24. Zofia

    I agree with Douglas, if the march isn’t an impetus for further action, its success will be limited.
    Movements which have achieved change have done so through ” an organized community of committed people, people who’d been working together for change for a very long time. And that’s how it always works.” ( Understanding Power, Noam Chomsky ) If the march is just a one-off event which leads nowhere, it will accomplish little change. Governments of today have learnt ” to wait out a demonstration or a march. They know the day after tomorrow, opinions can change, or be manipulated into changing.” ( The Chequebook and The Cruise-Missile, Arundhati Roy )
    Arundhati Roy, writer and activist, has this to say –
    ” These marches and songs and meetings of today – they are beautiful, but they are often mostly for us. If all our energies go into organizing these things, then we don’t do any real damage to the establishment, …”
    Marches are merely symbolic unless you follow through with some direct plan of action which will affect the government or their backers.
    In the Indian struggle for independence, it was the action taken against the economics of imperialism ( swadeshi ) that made the civil disobedience and the nonviolent resistance into something that was more than just symbolism.
    I see the 350.org divestment campaign against fossil fuel companies as an example of direct action. It’s hitting them where it hurts.
    The anger and the energy of those who march has to be channelled into some form of action that is meaningful and has a direct impact, otherwise it is just a ‘feel good exercise’.

  25. Margaret McMillan

    For you FSM:

    Perth march: March 16th, 10.30 am at Langley Park

  26. Douglas Evans

    @Ausgaia
    All power to you. Let’s see if enough who get out follow through after the event. I certainly hope so.

  27. Zofia

    @Douglas Evans

    I did read an article on the divestment campaign by Cory Morningstar on the CounterPunch website some time ago, but I haven’t seen the subsequent articles. Yes, it is more than worrying if accurate. I will take the time to read part 2 and 3 of her articles. I have very little faith in humanity as it is – this will destroy what little I have left if it is true.

  28. Max Gross

    Hanging’s too good for this charlatan; let’s tar and feather the rotten bugger and ride him out of the country on a rail!

  29. Dan Rowden

    I hope the organisers of MiM have nothing to do with such a petition because it’s simply idiotic. It’s frankly so stupid it doesn’t even possess symbolic value.

    One of the issues I have with the MiM thing is that too many people involved are politically, shall we say, immature.

  30. randalstella

    The petition to the GG to sack the Government is not only entirely unrealistic, to the point of being an infantile indulgence, it is also unethical. Who the hell is the GG to be sacking elected Governments, or interfering in any way?
    Would it then be OK for the LNP to petition against a Labor or non-Conservative Government? The LNP might think this – but that’s how they think.
    The idea of progressive protest is to delineate itself from reactionary politics, by example; to show up ruthless opportunism and inequity – not imitate it.

  31. Stephen Tardrew

    Sometimes it’s good to do things just because they need to be done.

    Questions divide while action unifies beyond beliefs and words.

  32. Matters Not

    What Dan Rowden and randalstella said.

    Talk about pissing in the wind.

    But then again, the immature don’t vote, according to what I’ve read.. And if they do, it’s informal. (How dumb is that)? No ‘insights’ no ‘understandings’ and certainly no understanding of history. Anyone else remember ‘The Dismissal’. Outrageous then, and would be outrageous now.

    The schooling system has a lot to answer for. Lots of schooling but no ‘education’, broadly defined.

    Probably won’t be ‘Marching in March’ in the fear that it’s going to be another Jaymes Diaz’s ‘moment’.

    Shakes head.

  33. abbienoiraude

    I marched in Queensland during Joh’s years FOR women’s right to choose….For the right to simply protest/march.
    I marched against Iraq war and I marched FOR Reconciliation for every year it was organised.
    So I march for things and against things…but I march, now, FOR my grandson, the future.

    Everything Tim wrote, John expressed and Kaye explained are the reasons I shall be partaking this time.

    If ever my grandchild/ren ever ask;” Nana what did you do when that happened” I will be able to proudly say to them, I stood up and was counted.

    Will it do good? It will in that we all need to know we are not alone in this shame that is our present Government. The good it will do is to bring the people together to help get the message out to the wider population, that cannot be reached by any other way.

    I have to stay as hopeful as I can…for without hope I am lost.

  34. xiaoecho

    To all the naysayers who say “It’s all a wank” “It won’t make any difference” “You are all naive” I say NO!!!. I definitely don’t consider MiM to be a one off, feel good day out with the kids. It will most definitely be ignored by the Government and their gatekeepers the press. That is to be expected, anyone who expects much change to come out of Sunday’s march IS naive. It is next years March and the 2016 march that are going to bite. This year a respectable 10,000s or even over a 100,000 in numbers will be hoped for. It is next years MiM that will start to bite. By this time next year The commission of Audit will be starting to hurt formerly disengaged people. As it does, more and more people will start to grumble. Some of those people will be turned onto social media, some will join political parties or take other action. It’s my hope that MiM 2015 will see 1,000,000’s of marchers and in 2016 millions. Perhaps I am being optimistic but I cannot see MiM going away until this bunch of corrupt crooks are kicked out and prosecuted for what they have done and (god knows what) intend. From little things big things grow.

  35. Dan Rowden

    Well, we’ll see. You do understand this event has the potential to be a counterproductive disaster, right? That it could set back the Left’s anti-Abbott programme by 6 months? I certainly hope the organisers are aware of the reasons this could be so and act to minimise the risk. Unfortunately in the very choice of weekend they’ve erred significantly.

    I’m all for protesting, but it’s something that must be done with political maturity and awareness and a proper plan and sense of purpose and outcome. It can’t just be a feel good exercise. If that’s all it is there’s a serious problem.

    I’m certainly hoping for the best and I do believe the raising of awareness can be a genuine practical outcome for this, but I have too many fears rushing around my head to have an entirely positive outlook.

  36. Engilbert

    I didn’t sign the petition for many of the reasons articulated by Dan Rowden. However, I think that the March does have merit. It is a positive first step which can mobilise public sentiment and send the message that apathy and hopelessness need not be our reality. History has taught us on many occasions that larger currents begin with small ripples.

  37. Laurejon

    The place of protest in Australia is the Ballot Box. A minority marching when there isnt an election is a pointless excercise. The public voted for Abbott, its simple. Accept it, learn from it, and change the madcap policies of Labour, otherwise they will be outcasts for decades to come.

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