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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

On the weekend more than a hundred thousand people across Australia stood up against a government that many of us believe is doing serious damage to our beautiful country. The fact that mainstream media has almost ignored these events in their entirety just goes to show how heavily controlled our media already is. As a country the damage we are doing to our environment, our people and the people who seek shelter on our shores is out of control.

With laws being passed that will squash the right to protest in some parts of Australia from September onwards is proof of the backwards system of government that is currently controlling our country. A government that clearly has little regard for our rights as a vocal citizen. The time has come to stand up and be counted. For every person that attended the march there would have been ten that didn’t. I marched with a baby on my back because there is no time left for complacency. There are always excuses as to why not… but none of them cut it any more. It’s no good just believing in good anymore, if you aren’t actively doing it in cases of gentle, non-violent, committed activism… then you aren’t truly being useful. We can no longer in good conscious sit back and allow this to continue without our voices being heard.

I stood in the crowd at Langley Park in Perth on Sunday and I looked around me. The crowd was not just your traditional hippy, leftie, greenie crowd… there were people of all ages, from all backgrounds. An incredibly powerful cross section of our city standing together against our governments disregard for asylum seekers, our environment and the future of our children and grandchildren. The media may not have covered it with any real interest. But the we were there.

In Perth conservative estimates say around 5,000 people attended the march, in Melbourne they say more than 30,000. I’m not sure how 30,000 people can gather to protest and still the mainstream media pretty much turns a blind eye. Don’t be fooled. People do care. People want justice. People who want an Australian government that stands up for humanity and for the environment. People want an Australian government that gives a shit about the little people and protects its most vulnerable. People want an Australian Government that listens to its people.

If you want this too, maybe you should join us at the next peaceful protest. Maybe you too should make your voice heard. Maybe you too should stand up and be counted. It’s too easy to be complacent… but now is not the time.

If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

This is only the beginning…

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  • March 18, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Lamb Loves Fox - And I thought the Howard years were bad. I think the scariest thing about this government is the silence. Most people are just so unaware about the atrocities being committed in our names. I fear for my children’s future. But we were in the Sydney march on Sunday and it’s heartwarming to see that there are actually others out there who care.ReplyCancel

    • March 18, 2014 - 2:40 pm

      Sash - it always amazes me that this sort of thing doesn’t engage more people… i guess complacency is rife these days. I find it really sad/frustrating. It is refreshing though to see that there are others out there who really give a damn. xx The Sydney march would have been an awesome experience too.ReplyCancel

  • March 18, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    Cassie - I agree with Lamb Loves Fox that the silence is the worst thing. It’s scary how much complacency that can invoke, especially when combined with the extreme bias/silences in mainstream Australian media.

    There were more than 10,000 people at the march in Brisbane last Sunday too. And yet our local stations reported “a few thousand” protesting for “gay rights and faster internet”… Um… some massive and puposeful omissions right there that both ignore and grossly misrepresent the broad-spectrum of issues that we are all trying to bring to the fore.

    Go you, baby on back! I marched in 35o heat with a heavy baby in my belly. We really MUST stand up!!ReplyCancel

  • March 18, 2014 - 9:35 pm

    Luana - Hi Sash! I was in Perth few weeks ago…what suburb do you live? I was in Balcatta, do you know? I loved the city, but the sun was too, too hot…my God, I never felt a sun like that, not even here in Brazil…
    It is so different from my country…I miss Perth a lot, would like to come back there as soon as possible! kisses! LuanaReplyCancel

  • March 18, 2014 - 10:58 pm

    Tim - Great article & that’s just how Perth’s ‘stroll against the troll’ felt for me. A broad cross-section of folk who care, feel seriously unrepresented & urgently need to say something in to the acquiescent silence!
    We declare that the current Abbott government policy settings are nowhere near representative of the values we, the citizens of this diverse & modern Australian community hold dear!
    We are conscious & proud to be inclusive & compassionate, & we see the strength & wisdom that cultures coming to this land bring to our nation when we offer the help we would hope would be shown us when others are willing & able.
    Our nation should never make choices based on fear & a sense of selfish lack, in fact we Australians believe in justice & being fair, protecting those that need a hand, & in having a damn good shot at things until we succeed.
    Our land no longer abounds, but we still have more than many of natures gifts even though some of the rich have made the rest become rare (& endangered) way too fast! We appear a little too keen on burning fossilised solar energy (& carbon)in coal & gas & now our ancient forests for electricity we can easily get from current solar energy? This is the fossil fool industry obstructing our kids from being part of a clever, equitable & sustainable culture of education & industry in next generation technology. This is the future & we should be part of it rather than the international embarrassment Abbott’s regressive policies represent.
    This is a the right time for the right thing to be declared & achieved, we together, will keep the faith!ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2014 - 4:30 am

    Sally - It made the media here in the UK :-). Well done for taking a stand.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/17/march-in-march-protest-australiaReplyCancel

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