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https://player.vimeo.com/video/89244643 A must watch. #MarchInMarch Melbourne montage

By: AussieActivist

16 March, 2014

One of many signs regarding Asylum Seekers/Refugee Rights

One of many signs regarding Asylum Seekers/Refugee Rights

Sydneysiders took to the streets today to voice their concern regarding current and proposed Abbott Government Policies, or what many would state a citizens vote of No Confidence in the Abbott Govt. From Asylum Seeker/Refugee Rights to Climate Change, Education to  NO CSG, many issues were represented by an amazingly huge crowd.

Some Mainstream media state approx 8000 attendee’s in Sydney however, our estimates on the ground were 20,ooo+.  Whilst AAP (as picked up by local news publishers inc, Seven News ) suggest “Placards suggesting that Prime Minister Tony Abbott has a hotline to Satan and others denouncing the illuminati and global weather conspiracies have been waved at a protest in Sydney”,  the majority of protester signs were in regards to our current issues on Education, Asylum Seekers, Welfare Cuts, Shark Culls and many more. Its obvious that main stream media have lost all credibility when they try to defame and stereotype what was such a diverse range of everyday people and a diverse range of concerns raised. SBS posted a much better   article representing the true people who attended. Many tweets from throughout the country were coming through to the #MarchInMarch.

A family friendly day was enjoyed by many and “Blackburn couple Dyan and Andrew brought their three kids Dylan, Harper and Marlo because they thought it was important to teach their children not to stay silent if they don’t agree with the government” (SBS).   As a democratic country, “Democracy doesn’t end at the ballot box,” as stated on the social media invitation, “It is the right, if not duty, of all Australians to hold our elected representatives to account; to remind them that they are, above all else, public servants” (SBS).

In true form, “Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters he thought the only large rally being held in Sydney was to do with St Patrick’s Day” (SBS). In saying that, an apparent clone of Tony Abbott was present today in Sydney.

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Marching through Sydney

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“Its not US, Its YOU”

Placard

“I wish my girlfriend was as dirty as your policies”

Living is easy with your eyes closed.

“Living is easy with your eyes closed”

Anonymous Sydney

Anonymous Sydney

Sydney Rally Crowd

Sydney Rally Crowd

Crowds roll in after marching

Crowds roll in after marching

No Explanation Req'd

No Explanation Req’d

political Placard

political Placard

Ms Swinehart

Ms Swineheart

OPINION

“Whilst reading a blog tonight i come across this bit of information, i thought it would be relevant to share, i really think people should also click on the link at the end and read the full report.  This is a SERIOUS issue that needs to be taken seriously, with over 1 billion going hungry each day it is our duty to act, change and be aware of what is going on in our global community. i cannot stress the urgency of the situations for those in refugee and IDP camps worldwide. Scenes of hopelessness, desperation, suffering in the face of the most resilient people i have ever seen. I Urge the Aus citizens and Government to ACT on Climate Change, help reduce our carbon footprint for our earth to survive. ” – Rebecca Fowler (*Freeuganda)

REPORT

Shorbanu Khatun of Bangladesh stood out among the thousands of suited negotiators in Copenhagen. Khatun’s husband was killed by a tiger when their land was parched by extended dry seasons and flooded with salt water, forcing him to venture into the jungle to feed his family.

Then in May, Cyclone Aila destroyed Khatun’s home, along with those of 500,000 others, forcing her to live in an internally displaced persons’ camp on an embankment with thousands of other survivors. At high tide, they are flooded up to their chests. It is hard to imagine a more arduous existence.

Khatun describes her experience over five years: “Everything seems to have changed. It is suddenly too hot. There is a severe scarcity of rain. Because it is too hot, fish have reduced significantly in the river. Skin diseases, headache and diarrhoea have become regular phenomena… I want justice for my life; for my children’s lives and livelihoods.”

But it’s hard to see how the Copenhagen Accord delivers justice to people in poor countries that are least responsible for climate change but suffer its impacts right now.

The Australian Government should see this accord as a floor, not a ceiling. It will be hard to encourage countries such as the US and China to make real progress on climate change, if our ambitions remain low.

Australia, as one of the highest per-capita polluters in the world, and the developed country most at risk from climate change, must increase its target to a science-based 40 per cent by the February deadline. We must also contribute our fair share of climate finance, based on our historical responsibility for emissions and our capacity to pay. With Treasurer Wayne Swan yesterday lauding Australia’s 19th consecutive year of growth, we can afford to do this.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd must make clear to Australians that significant changes – in our economy, our society and our relationships with the rest of the world – are needed to meet the climate change crisis.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has been irresponsible in simplifying the complex debate to trite sloganeering. As the alternative leader of our nation, he needs to understand that an effective response demands change, and this will have some costs now.

As numerous studies have shown, the cost of inaction will be far greater – it will cost the Australia dearly if we see a drop in agricultural yields in the country’s food bowl, or have to cope with a rise in the number of catastrophic bushfires and severe weather events.

Globally, 300,000 people die each year from climate change and that number is rising. People like Khatun are not victims; they are finding solutions. But they need the support of the rich countries that are responsible for three-quarters of the carbon in the atmosphere.

Read the full report via Media Releases – Campaigns & Advocacy | Oxfam Australia.