Tag Archive: Protest

Mar 25 2014

If 100,000 protest and few report it, did they make a sound?

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Last weekend I participated in the March in March (MiM): on the order of 100,000 Australians marching in 33 locations around the nation to express our dissatisfaction with the Abbott government. My dissatisfaction increased when the mainstream media largely ignored, downplayed, or ridiculed the protests. This will be an extremely long and heavily illustrated post, …

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Mar 18 2014

First they came for the bikies?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the wizards’ government is in denial about Harry’s warning of a national security threat (the resurrection of the evil Lord Voldemort), believing him to be delusional or involved in a revolutionary conspiracy. Frustrated with the government’s attempts to indoctrinate his classmates and silence him for speaking …

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Mar 16 2014

Why I will March in March

I will be joining my local March in March today because I believe the Abbott government is illegitimate. Abbott’s Liberal/National Coalition has treated Australian voters with thinly disguised contempt. They blatantly misled us about their intentions in opposition, assuring us there would be no surprises and no broken promises, then blindsided us with extreme right-wing …

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Feb 17 2014

New legislation tries to criminalize protest

In the Australian state of Victoria, the Napthine Liberal government is pushing draconian legislation to restrict citizens’ right to protest. The Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill would expand police powers to order people to “move on” from a public place. It introduces new circumstances in which move-on orders can be issued, including some which …

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Jan 19 2013

It’s high time we talk about coal

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As Australia bakes in record-breaking heat and burns in devastating fires, the country’s political and media elites have yet again lined up to defend the industry driving global warming and cast those who speak out against it as extremists.

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Dec 24 2012

Australia embraces Paris Hilton’s energy policy

The Australian government last month released the final version of its long-awaited Energy White Paper. Energy Minister Martin Ferguson’s speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) launching the White Paper was interrupted by Quit Coal protesters, one playing a fictional mining magnate thanking Ferguson for supporting the coal industry. After the protesters …

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Oct 14 2012

A terrible week for the climate

This week’s events illustrate (not that further illustration was needed) that both of Australia’s major political parties are in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry, though Labor hides it behind a veneer of greenwash while the Liberals are overt about it. On Monday in New South Wales, the Planning Assessment Commission approved the Ashton …

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Feb 02 2012

Durban Part 2: The drama

Part 1 of this series about the significance of last month’s Durban climate talks (COP17) can be found here. TIME magazine’s Person of the Year 2011 was “the protester”, and protesters certainly made their presence felt and their voices heard in Durban. As 350.org put it: “There is a story of hope from Durban—it’s the …

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