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Magical moments from March in March

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There were many incredible photographs of the March in March weekend; some marked the heartfelt expression of genuine issues with the Abbott government and others were moments of absolute respect and unity for and with one-another. Amidst the misrepresentation of the true peacefulness of the marchers, these images never had the chance to be known for what they are – a display of the passionate, open-minded, thinking Australia.


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“The perfect moment”
Perhaps one of the most perfectly captured images from the protest weekend – a protestor at March in March Sydney receives a high-five from a motorist as they pass by the passionate participants of the march.



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“The Left”
Before March in March, I had never considered that politics are simply the division of ‘left and right’. In fact, this perception is equivalent to the idea that life is to be viewed in terms of ‘black and white’ only. The terms “the left”, “lefties” and “leftists” are the ideal phrases for those who are desperate to discredit the march as being only one ‘side’ of politics. The reality – perhaps frightening to those who use such terms – is that marchers were from the entire political spectrum, included those who voted for the LNP and were even, and quite commonly, completely apolitical. We are not “the left”; we are Australians and we marched because we have the ability and awareness to identify what is currently just so wrong.


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“A tender moment”
At Adelaide March in March, I was so busy soaking in the atmosphere and holding a camera over my incredibly short self, that I snapped this shot without even noticing the content. While looking for photos to post on March in March Facebook, I came across this in the camera roll. This tender moment is by far my personal favourite moment from March in March Adelaide.


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“How folly of you!”
Let’s not forget Tony Abbott, the self-appointed minister for women’s infamous words: “I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons.”


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“Large sentiments from tiny figures”
These are from an adorable series of figurines made by some very creative supporters. These mini protestors tackled most of the issues that we have with the federal government in the sweetest possible way.


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“The thoughts of the innocent”
Many who are willing to deny marriage equality would accuse this darling child of being nothing more than a machine for their parents’ own message; however, any compassionate, intelligent person would know that children have an intense failing to understand why anyone would deny equality – as do I.


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“Tony Abbott’s behaviour has been noted”
Senator Scott Ludlam told Tony Abbott that his behaviour – by list – has been “noted” during his now famous parliamentary address. Now the Australian people have done the same
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“Let’s strip the people of their rights!”
By waging war on unions, the government has waged war on the people.


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“Save our ABC”
It’s a simple message but a pertinent one; she loves the ABC and so do we. As part of the Abbott government’s series of attacks, the future of one of our last remaining impartial media bodies is under threat. To call the ABC “un-Australian”, as Tony Abbott has done previously, is akin to labelling the newspaper ‘The Australian’ as, well, as Australian.


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“Equality is not a trend”
The ever-stubborn and heartless Tony Abbott has made his opinion regarding marriage equality clear; “I’m not someone who wants to see radical change based on the fashion of the moment.”


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“The right to protest”
The right to protest, which is indeed an ancient right, is now being taken from us as hastily as it possibly could be. Victoria’s anti-protest law has passed recently and will come into effect this September. It is only a matter of time before the rest of the country conforms and we are even further gagged by the powers that currently be.


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“Australia doesn’t ‘believe in’ science”
It is 2014 and we’ve wound our calendars back near to the stone-age. Well, perhaps not that far but by announcing a cabinet without a science minister, being avid and stubborn climate-change deniers and heavily slashing funding to the CSIRO, the Abbott Government is certainly taking what was a progressive society as far back as they can drag us.


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“If not too much to ask…”
We feel as though we’ve been hijacked by a government that chooses to govern only for big-business, rather than for the Australian people. We will not go down without protest – we will not accept what is being done to us and our land.


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“Murder on Manus”
Scott Morrison doesn’t see fit to close offshore processing facilities despite the known horrid conditions in which asylum seekers are forced to live during their time – which is undetermined – held as prisoners in offshore detention centres, the 3 of 6 women who miscarried in the Manus Island detention centre last year due to being given Malaria injections without first being tested for pregnancy, the children held in detention, the brutal attacks on asylum seekers by locals and guards inside the Manus compound, or a young, defenceless man’s murder during said attack. This is not acceptable.


*Images will be credited if/when I can locate the original source. If you have spotted your photograph on here, please feel free to let me know so that I can give appropriate credit.


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Tony Abbott gets ‘schooled’ by school kids

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It’s a situation that is so pathetic that it comes to the point where you just have to laugh – a country’s Prime Minister at the mercy of a group of year nine school students who have absolutely outsmarted him.

The unfortunate state that this country is in is thanks to the woefully shameful Federal election result last September. I, like many others, often wonder how this actually came to pass. Was it misinformation? Was it the simplicity of those hideous three-word slogans? Regardless of how voters were fooled, it has become clear that many regret this decision. What is of embarrassment but some strange comfort is that others see what we see – the incompetence of our PM is obvious to most respectable people from leaders and experts internationally, to what now seems like the vast majority of forward-thinking Australians. Though had we ever considered what our upcoming voters, our Australian youth are thinking?

During a recent excursion, students of Newtown High School questioned one of the most questionable characters in Australian history – the current Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. This 9:49 minute video, captured by one of the year nine students is possibly one of the most conflicting pieces of film that you’ll ever see. You’ll be embarrassed by the blatant stupidity of our PM but you’ll be filled with hope by the intelligence and open-mindedness of the youth who represent Australia’s future.

Do yourself a favour and watch the entire clip. These students do well to inspire a sense of relief during this horrid time in our country’s timeline.

UPDATE: These incredible students attended March in March!

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WARNING TO WA VOTERS: Liberal Party’s return address envelope for postal vote application is NOT addressed to the AEC

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Western Australia is set to return to the ballot-box after their Senate election was deemed void. The usual slew of party letters has been noted by WA locals, but what has confused some is why exactly the Liberal Party opted to have their own address on the return envelope for postal vote registration, rather than the independent body – the AEC.

The Facebook page, Tony Abbott’s Lies and other Liberal Promises was provided with scanned images of what had been sent to WA residents from the Liberal Party and has kindly passed them on. What was of concern was that the return address envelopes are addressed to the Liberal Party, not the AEC.

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The actual AEC address is enclosed inside the leaflet, meaning it is more likely that people would simply use the return envelope.

While this is completely legal, and has probably been practised by other parties, it is of concern that the system relies on ‘trust’ that the Liberal Party will handle the forms in the appropriate way and forward them on to the AEC.

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The LNP letter that was enclosed with the postal vote registration form.

It has been suggested that in this scenario, because the Liberal Party will then know your intention not to attend and vote on the day, they could enlist ‘stooge’ voters to use your name and address to vote for the Liberals at the polling booths – perhaps multiple times.

The question of whether or not this is possible is easy to determine – we know that multiple votes were allowed in the most recent Federal election, with nearly 2000 Australians caught and with one even admitting to having cast 15 votes. What we want to know is whether or not something been done to prevent history repeating – have they taken measures to disallow this disaster from happening again?

Be careful how you return your postal vote registration forms. Make sure to address them to the AEC directly or simply save yourself the hassle and complete this process online on the AEC website.

If you wish to contact the WA Electoral Commission about this, you can contact them at:

Telephone:
13 63 06 (WA)
(08) 9214 0400 (Australia-wide)
Facsimile: (08) 9226 0577
Email: waec@waec.wa.gov.au

Offensive propaganda allegedly pushed by Liberal MP at Edith Cowan University

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Image credit: Aussies Against The Abbott Government

“Proud Liberal – Because not everyone can be on welfare”
“If Labor is the answer, how stupid is the question?”
“Green is the new red”
“Lefty free zone”

These have to be seen to be believed. Earlier this evening, it was revealed that students at Edith Cowan University (Joondalup campus) were handing out these stickers at their Orientation Day today.

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Image credit: Aussies Against The Abbott Government

It should come as no surprise that these images of offensive Liberal stickers were making the rounds online tonight, prompting both public outrage and feelings of shame towards the young Australians who handed them out. What was not expected however, was who exactly now seems to be the source of this offensive muck; Federal Liberal MP, Ian Goodenough. The extent of his involvement is not certain, though to stand behind these stickers is enough.

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Image source: aph.gov.au

Students, along with the local member for Moore, did their best to promote hatred towards those who aren’t Liberals and those who are disabled, unemployed, aged, a carer or on Newstart (as many students at Orientation would have been) with the attitude, “Go Liberal or go home”.

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Image credit: Aussies Against The Abbott Government

As generally decent human beings, we are able to identify the maliciousness behind these stickers and are well-aware to steer clear of such rubbish. It is unfortunate however, that we are still witnessing that the very same hate-mongering that won the LNP the election is alive and well, even amongst our youth.

It’s safe to say that Goodenough, this is just not good enough. Trying to warp young minds – while typical of LNP – should not be a tactic undertaken by any politician, especially at a university Orientation Day.

Tony Abbott’s ‘Message from the PM’ removed by Youtube. What happens next?

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When Abbott proudly posted his “Message from the PM – Delivering on Our Promises”, YouTube was quick to shut it down as “deceptive content”. What happens next is all too predictable…

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March in March Australia 2014: What Are YOU Marching For?

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March in March is a national protest as a vote of no confidence in the Abbott Government’s policies. This is an open idea that umbrellas a vast collection of the public’s concerns and issues with the current government’s actions and policies.

The unfortunate reality for Australians is that there are too many critical issues to name, despite all of our efforts to do so. It is because of this that supporters are invited to march for the individual causes that are important to them and to make these issues known.

We are agreed that we are marching for three primary ideals; accountability, transparency and decency. It is under these ideals that our individual concerns fall. So for us to march with focus on accountability, transparency and decency from and within our Government, we are marching in a way that is entirely inclusive of all of our individual concerns.

Please let us know what you will be marching for this coming March 2014 by voting in the poll below. You may select as many options as you would like and choose with your heart, mind or both. Please post a comment with an issue if it has not been included and it will be added to the poll.

The results will give us a clear indication as to which issues are most important to Australians and will assist in providing an entirely accurate representation of supporters’ concerns.

Links:

March in March Australia 2014: Protest times, dates and locations

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Times, dates and meeting places for March in March Australia locations are listed below. This will be regularly updated with information as it becomes available. You can read more about the March in March protests here.

Please consider a donation to March in March by visiting our crowd-funding page here.

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NATIONAL MARCH:
Canberra
Monday, 17th March
10am
Start at Queen Victoria Terrace (behind Old Parliament House)
Canberra Facebook page
Canberra event page

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Adelaide
Rally
Sunday, 16th March
12pm-2pm
Steps of Parliament House
Adelaide Facebook page
Adelaide event page

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Alice Springs
Sunday 16th March
11am
Council Lawns
Alice Springs Facebook page
Alice Springs event page

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Armidale
Saturday 15th March
2pm
Central Park
Armidale Facebook Page
Armidale event page

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Bendigo
Sunday, 16th March
12pm
Lake Weeroona
Bendigo Facebook page
Bendigo event page

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Blue Mountains
Sunday 16th March
11am
Carrington Place, Katoomba
Blue Mountains Facebook page

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Brisbane
Sunday, 16th March
11:30am
Queens Park
Brisbane Facebook page
Brisbane event page

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Byron Bay
Sunday, March 16th
10:45am
Apex Park
Byron Bay Facebook page
Byron Bay event page

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Caboolture
Saturday 15th March
10:00am
Centenary Lakes
Caboolture Facebook page
Caboolture event page

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Cairns
Saturday, 15th March
12pm
Fogarty Park
Cairns Facebook page
Cairns event page

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Castlemaine
Sunday, 16th March
11am
Victory Park
Castlemaine Facebook page

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Coffs Harbour
Sunday 16th March
10am
Foreshores
Coffs Harbour Facebook page
Coffs Harbour event page

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Darwin
Saturday 15th March
10am
Bennett Street
Darwin Facebook page
Darwin event page

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Denmark
Sunday 16th March
10:30am
Berridge Park
Denmark Facebook page
Denmark event page

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Fraser Coast
Sunday, 16th March
1pm
Enzo’s on the beach
Hervey Bay
Fraser Coast Facebook page

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Geraldton
Sunday, 16th March
3pm
Surf Lifesaving Club
Foreshore
Geraldton Facebook page

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Gold Coast
**Please check Facebook page
Gold Coast Facebook page
Gold Coast event page

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Gosford
Saturday, 15th March
10:45am
Meet at the Carawah reserve march to Marina, Masons Parade
Gosford Facebook page
Gosford event page

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Grafton
Saturday 15th March
10am
Market Square, Prince Street
Grafton Facebook page

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Hobart
Sunday, 16th March
12pm
Meet at the Cenotaph
Hobart Facebook page
Hobart event page

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Lismore
Saturday, 15th March
12:00pm
Spinks Park
Lismore Facebook page
Lismore event page

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Melbourne
Sunday, March 16th
12pm
State Library of Victoria
Melbourne Facebook page
Melbourne event page

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Mildura
Sunday, 16th March
12:30pm
Henderson Park
Mildura Facebook page

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Newcastle
Sunday, 16th March
9:45am
Meet at Pacific Park for march to Civic Park
Newcastle Facebook page
Newcastle event page

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Perth
Sunday, March 16th
10:30am
Langley Park
Perth Facebook page
Perth event page

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Port Macquarie
Sunday, March 16th
9:30am
Westport Park
Port Macquarie Facebook page
Port Macquarie event page

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Sydney
Sunday, March 16th
1:00pm
Belmore Park, Haymarket
Sydney Facebook page
Sydney event page

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Toowoomba
Saturday, 15th March
11am
Frogs Hollow, Queens Park
Toowoomba Facebook page

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Townsville
Sunday, 16th March
9:00am
Burke Street Headland
Townsville Facebook page
Townsville event page

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Wodonga
Sunday 16th March
11am
Woodland Grove Park
Wodonga Facebook page
Wodonga Event Page

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Wollongong
Sunday, 16th March
11am
Stuart Park
Wollongong Facebook page
Wollongong event page

Facebook users can RSVP to their local event (entirely optional) via the links above. Non-Facebook users can visit March in March Australia’s website here. You can also follow us on Twitter here.

Again, this post will be regularly updated with individual event details as they become available. You can also visit the original post here for more information on March in March.

Links:

  • March in March: Why we are protesting
  • March in March Australia: A vote of no confidence in the Abbott Government
  • March in March Australia on Facebook
  • March in March Australia on Twitter
  • March in March Australia’s website