The thing about Australians, is they’re a very laid back bunch.
As a culture there’s a lot to be said for, “She’ll be right mate, no worries.” The standard response to a bad thing is to crack a tinny with your best mate. Ignore it, build a bridge & get over it, because it will all come good in the end.
So for something to get over 100,000 Australians off their collective arses to gather & then walk together around the nation, holding signs & loudly calling rhyming slogans with no need for beer or football/motorsport/cricket… well, I’d say that means they’re feeling pretty damned strongly on the topic.
And walk together they did!
Around the nation from the 15-17th March 2014, hundreds of thousands of Australians “marched” in march together. As a collective, they called out the current Federal Government of Australia for it’s lack of decency, integrity, transparency, & accountability. It was a peaceful protest; with colourful & imaginative signs & hand drawn tshirts, intelligent jingles & slogans being sung out with gusto. There was a togetherness about it all. Could that be the well known Mateship that is also a famous part of the Australian culture? Certainly looked like it to me.
They’re calling out for the sake of this once great country. For the Governor General to dissolve the current goverment & take us all back to the polls (yes, us. I hold duel citizenship & I make sure my voice & vote get heard), or for the Coalition Government to stop the utter bullshit they’re playing at & listen to the Nation’s People. To stop us from being dragged back into the stone age.
Education, Health, Environment, Science & Technology, Social Welfare… everything that truly matters is getting cut up, cancelled, & we’re looking at policies & “plans” worse than those in 3rd World Countries that we pity in the same breath.
Dredging in the Great Barrier Reef. Charging for Medicare. Destroying & hacking up education (& changing what history has to say about politics!). Censoring the Media. Logging in UNESCO Heritage zones. Fracking!
Prime Minister Abbott, you might want to look at what followed protests like these ones from other countries around the world recently. Take it seriously & stop pretending these people were just getting drunk & pretending they were Irish. Stop pressuring our media to squelch the story, & start looking at addressing it like a person in your position should.
Because I do believe this is only just starting to get its momentum…