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Protesters to March In March again

Media Release

Three years on from the first March in March protests in 2014, the grassroots March Australia movement will host rallies on Saturday 25 March 2017 protesting the policies and decisions of the Turnbull Coalition government.

“The 2014 rallies were a response to the regressive Abbott government”, said spokesman Loz Lawrey. “People thought the Fair Go was under attack, and over 100,000 of us took to the streets nationwide. Since then, progressive Australians have endured an ever more divisive and abusive agenda from an ultra-conservative Turnbull government more interested in its own ideology than in true public service.”

Under the banner of “The People United For Better Government”, March Australia is a network of citizens with shared progressive views. Their rallies offer advocacy groups a platform to come together and air multiple issues of concern at the one time.

“We are ordinary Australians” Mr Lawrey said. “We just want our country to be an inclusive and productive nation. We want work. We want mutual respect. We want to embrace our multicultural society and learn to reconcile our differences.”

“We want a government that respects human rights and works in the public interest. We expect accountability and transparency from the governments we elect.”

“The Coalition’s unconscionable policies around Centrelink debt, the welfare card and the incarceration of refugees have driven some individuals to suicide. The corrupt job network gives private enterprise control over the very lives of some Australians. This government stuffs up everything it touches, from the NBN to the ABC.”

“We invite all citizens and activist groups to join us on Saturday to raise your concerns”, he said. “There are so many areas in which this government is failing, such as health, education, environmental management, humane treatment of refugees. It’s a huge task to even try to list them all. The placards at the marches will tell the story.”

Contacts

Loz Lawrey, Candace Wirth, email: maactivistinterchange@gmail.com

Leesa Little, email: info@marchaustralia.com

 

Rallies will take place in nine locations on Saturday 25 March, as listed below:

For details visit the March Australia Activist Interchange Facebook page.

 

Adelaide

11:30am – 2:00pm, Victoria Square, Adelaide

Facebook page

Contact Sarah Pinkie, email: sarahmarchinmarch@gmail.com

Armidale

2:00 – 4:00pm, Central Park, Armidale

Contact Vanessa Peterson, email: australian.action.alliance@gmail.com

Brisbane

12:00 – 2:00pm, Queens Gardens, Brisbane

Facebook page

Contact Ewan Saunders, Sally Dodds or Kathryn Wilkes, email: liztearii@hotmail.com

Cairns

3:00 – 5:00pm, The Lawns, Wharf One, Cairns

Facebook page

Gosford/Central Coast

10:45am – 1:00pm, Carrawah Reserve

Facebook page

Contact Jeff Sundstrom, email: jeff.sundstrom@gmail.com

Darwin

1:00 – 4:00pm, Parliament House, Darwin

Nambucca Heads

11:00am, Nambucca Plaza

Facebook page

Newcastle

1:00 – 4:00pm, Pacific Park, Newcastle

Facebook page

Contact Leigh Shears, email: marchinmarchhunter@gmail.com

Sydney

1:00 – 4:00pm, Belmore Park, Sydney

Facebook page

Contact JessieLee Peacock, email: marchauswestsyd@gmail.com

 

 

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  1. Roma guerin

    The Melbourne March is cancelled, the organisers regret that they cannot guarantee people’s safety. Sad.

  2. Keitha Granville

    there doesn’t seem to be one in Hobart this year – something to do with lack of organisers, and prob rules and regs for protests these days.
    Isn’t that part of the problem we march to fix ?

  3. LOVO

    Apathy. … v’s MKR etc and so forth
    Poor fella my country ?

  4. jim

    Mr Turnbull and the LNP have cut $80 billion in school funding while spending $50 billion on a tax break for big business . so lets look at SA power failures.

    In every measure the LNP Fail especially #honesty the the biggest factor in a fair world# .

    Without #honesty we drift into chaos and mayhem. #LNP lied it’s way into power 2013# ,don’t forget this.

    Those disappointed in Shorten’s pale disavowal of McManus’s comments this week would do well to remember it wasn’t dull comments that won Labor or lost the LNPs right wing government in WA, kicked out Campbell Newman in Queensland or defeated Dennis Napthine in Victoria.

  5. babyjewels10

    Roma guerin. I’m very sorry to hear that.

  6. Michael Taylor

    From what I hear there was a bomb threat, and police couldn’t guarantee people’s safety.

  7. Stephanie Bell

    I am wondering why Melbourne is the only one where protesting people have had bomb threats. Probably because it would have been the biggest crowd? Victoria is a wise Labor State. It has social conscience. It is incredibly multicultural.

  8. Neil Aitchison

    The plebiscite was knocked back because of funding for a yes and no campaign. Just don’t provide government money for either side, just announce the date and hold the vote with no TV/Print campaigns allowed on either side. That would satisfy both sides. People are assessing us, voting and making decisions which affect our lives pretty much every day. That’s society. Our feelings are not the reason a plebiscite should be knocked back. We’re just pawns in the game of politics. Homosexuals are the pawns in the Maxist socialist politics and they don’t even know it – they’re being played like fools. We should have a balanced and considered approach to issues and moderated opinion. That’s how you get change in the modern world, not by holding your breath and stamping your feet….in my experience, that just gets people offside. As for polling that shows 70% in support of same sex marriage: interesting statistic that 70%. Of course, that was derived from an opinion poll and hardly anyone has seen the actual question. I know I haven’t. Maybe Fairfax and other hard-left wing media could publish an article which explains the derivation of that number. It’s equally likely that 70% are opposed to SSM…..especially if the question includes “same sex marriage” instead of “marriage equality”. That’s a bit different…..after all, we already have “marriage equality” (ie. everyone has equal opportunity to marry under the current definition of marriage in the Marriage Act, but homosexuals choose not to marry this way because they want to change the definition of marriage to include same sex couples – hence, marriage equality is not an issue, but redefining marriage is. BTW, gay marriage can occur right now if a gay man marries a gay woman, so the result is gay marriage within the current definition of marriage in the Marriage Act, but once again, homosexuals choose not to marry this way – marriage is ALWAYS a choice and not a right) so obviously more people would say YES to “marriage equality”, but calling it “homosexual marriage” or “same sex marriage” is far more off-putting. Even now, the pro-SSM side are admitting that only 40% are “strong supporters” of SSM and so they know that a plebiscite of any sort won’t get passed. Also, the 70% polliing doesn’t even pass the conflict-of-interest test and was selectively polling people in inner city electorates. For example, the Queensland Times newspaper has done a poll showing only 34% approve SSM, 65% disapprove and 1% undecided . I do not agree that “most of the public” want this. I do not know a single person who supports gay marriage and we have never been asked in any of the obviously rigged polls.

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