Photographer's Note

These lovely ladies are from the Sydney Rainbow Army. They very kindly let me take this photo before beginning their protest at Hyde Park.

On 30 and 31 August 2014, all over the country, over 50,000 Australians marched against the Australian Government's policies. I was proud to be one of them. And for every one of us, there are thousands who could not or would not protest, but agree with what we are doing.

The people of Australia have once again said "enough is enough" to this neo-conservative Abbott-Murdoch Government. You will not see it reported in the media, which is part of the problem.

Among the issues protested against were:

* the Government's destructive policies towards the environment, renewable energy and climate change
* the Government's Budget which has declared a class war on the elderly, young, mentally ill, the sick, single parents and our indigenous brothers and sisters
* the Government's destruction of Medicare, our universal free healthcare system, which is the best in the world
* the Government's destruction of our universal free education system, which is the best in the world
* the Government's abandonment and defunding of the sciences
* the Government's subsidy - in the billions of dollars - of the banking, mining and fossil fuel industries
* the Government's support of the Trans Pacific Partnership which will enable corporations to sue our Government
* the Government's opposition to the right of gay, lesbian and trans-gender people to marry and be treated equally
* the Government's war on the worker and destruction of their rights as a worker
* the Government's defunding of Aboriginal community initiatives, particularly in the area of aboriginal health. The life expectancy of an Aboriginal man is presently 37 years of age and children are dying of Third World diseases
* the Government's illegal and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers. It is presently in breach of the International Treaty on the Rights of the Child, the International Refugee Convention and the Refugee Act
* the Government's involvement in an illegal war against Iraq and Syria
* the Government's continued support of the genocide of the people of Palestine by Israel

There are too many to list.


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