Monday, 1 September 2014

March Australia: A successful weekend for people power

March Australia: A successful weekend for people power


(March Australia August gallery)

The March Australia movement has declared the latest round of
ongoing protest rallies against the Abbott Coalition government to be
an inspiring success for "people power".

Angered by Government policy, people took to the streets in 27 locations around Australia this weekend, from the state capitals to the more traditionally conservative regional centres such as Bega, Bathurst and Cairns.

Tens of thousands joined the marches, the fourth cluster of rallies since March.

March Australia organisers say that it's an incredible result and that they couldn't be more pleased with the turnout.

“It's about enabling people to have their say” said Melbourne organiser Andrea Gorman.

“We are a young, new movement with a lot of energy and support.
There is a need for people to take to the streets. The people who came
out on Sunday showed this government that we, the people, will not
accept the cruelty and divisiveness of their policies."

Sydney organiser Hannah Farrugia agrees:

“I saw an incredible passion and energy from the crowd and an
overwhelming positivity from the speakers. I felt moved by the speakers,
especially those who gave us a call to action.”

March Australia is attracting support from across the demographic
spectrum and people of all ages from all social backgrounds could be
seen marching together to voice their concerns about the Abbott
Government's agenda.

Writer and social commentator Van Badham,
who hosted the Melbourne rally on Sunday, said that the fledgling March
Australia movement is evolving into a force to be reckoned with:

“In the six months since the marches began, participants have
become activists, and more and more demonstrators are turning into
skilled organisers. Ordinary people are joining campaign movements, and
diverse organisations from regions and cities, across the social
spectrum, are working together. It's an exciting political time for

Organisations represented by speakers at the marches included representatives from such diverse organisations as the rural Lock the Gate Alliance, feminist campaign group Destroy the Joint, the Save the ABC campaign, Greenpeace, along with several Indigenous and religious organisations.

March Australia organisers agree that, as organisational tactics
evolve, the electoral "people power" channeled through the March
movement is becoming an influential voice in Australian politics.

Find out more about March Australia on their website or get involved by emailing

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