One person’s take on what March in March was all about

Over the last weekend (15-17 March) hundreds of thousands of people across Australia got together and marched against the Tony Abbott-leg government, under the banner of March in March.

There were many questions about who organised March in March and what were its motives and supposed outcomes. There was some quite good discussion about these questions in the lead up to March in March. But across the weekend hundreds of thousands of Australians marched.

They marched for various reasons.

I was fortunate enough to attend Melbourne’s March in March which started out at the State Library before heading off to Treasury Gardens. As it turned out there were tens of thousands of Australians packed into the gardens out the front of the State Library and around Melbourne Central. Some estimates suggest there were between 40,000 and 50,000 people.

It was a fantastic gathering of people from all walks of life and political persuasions.

I soon realised it didn’t really matter what March in March was all about but rather that this collective expression needed to happen.

People that had never met each other were discussing why they were there. And it turns out people had a variety of reasons but the theme was definitely overwhelming; the Abbott government is unsatisfactory and hurting people. It seemed that the people I was surrounded by were mostly there because of our treatment of refugees; our country going backwards on climate change; the expansion of CSG and opening up heritage forests to logging; and the attacks on single parents, students, aged and disability pensions.

There were others that I knew were there for those reasons and the attacks on workers’ rights and unions; and the education.

Personally I was there because:

  • Our country is going backwards in tackling climate change and isn’t moving towards an economy powered by clean energy and driven by innovation;
  • Our government has abandoned science;
  • Our government’s reckless austerity measures in the face of all evidence saying austerity is not necessary – ensuring the most vulnerable are put further at risk;
  • The policies of Labor and LNP towards refugees now sees some of the cruelest policies being implemented;
  • Of the attacks on workers’ rights and unions;
  • Our government doesn’t value the investment that education is in our population;
  • Of the increasing attacks on our digital rights and the implementation of a second-rate broadband network;
  • Of a government that panders to mining magnates and media moguls;
  • Our government seems to regularly embarrass us on the international stage;
  • A seeming lack of detail in articulating any kind of plan or vision for Australia without resorting to three word slogans.

There are definitely more but then this post would be very long and probably quite boring to read.

However I’m also confident that you can add your own reasons to this list for going to a March in March event held near you.

In the end it didn’t really matter why people were there; just that they did turn out to make this massive collective expression. I know it made me feel extremely positive and that the issues I work on and campaign for do matter and do make a difference. It was something that everyone there could enjoy – that they weren’t alone in feeling that something was very wrong with our federal and state governments.

The challenge, as noted by others, is for people working on progressive issues to turn this collective expression into further action.

For what it’s worth:

Here’s some video I took from the rally – this was well after the march had started but it was so massive it took some time before we got moving. Fortunately some street performers kept us entertained and revved up.

NOTE: This is a slightly altered version of the original post published here.

129 comments on “One person’s take on what March in March was all about

  1. A dozen reasons. I ended up making a poster for each and handed them out to willing total strangers. They were satisfied with nearly every issue. Too much incompetence for one person or one banner.

  2. I agree with you lawrencewinder. The Labor Party has to impress on the people of WA that this half Senate election with determine the future of Australia. Just look at Question Time, every answer from the LNP focuses on WA, and all Bill Shorten can do is shake his head. I say to Mr, Shorten get your finger out and start fighting that idiot who sits opposite you, and for Gods sake Bill become positive.

  3. I was there in spirit, as my legs wouldn’t allow me. It was a shame that it was on St Patrick’s Day and after the SA-TAS elections, but good organising otherwise.
    I am severely disappointed with the media representation of the event (Lefty, Hippy,) without really reporting the fact that 100’s of thousands of ordinary Australians marched against the injustices of the Abbott Government. It should have made headline news.
    Abbott’s response was predictable, but, once again, Labor kept silent and lost a chance to capitalise on the event. I hope that they have a strategy for doing so.

  4. Makes me laugh Voyager the stuff you post as comments. It seems to me that March in March was bigger and more successful than the LNP/Murdoch sponsored Convoy of No Confidence.

  5. You’re an obnoxious gutless creep Voyager. After 30 years in the workforce I’m now too ill to work & yes, I was too ill to March though I desperately wanted to. May you be blessed with the same serious health problems I have, I’ll bet you’d be screaming for assistance within a week.

  6. “Our government has abandoned science;”

    Rubbish

    “Our government’s reckless austerity measures in the face of all evidence saying austerity is not necessary – ensuring the most vulnerable are put further at risk
    ;”

    Rubbish. They have only got in and the budget is in May.

    “Of the attacks on workers’ rights and unions
    ;”

    Rubbish

  7. Sorry Neil it seems like your position is Rubbish. The government has no science minister and has abandoned science – supporting shark cull, destroying Great Barrier Reef and thinking loggers are the ultimate conservationists.

    They are pursuing austerity measures with cuts to pensions and cuts to legal/health services that support lower income/vulnerable people is reckless austerity and not supported by anyone.

    And the LNP is attacking workers’ rights and unions with their proposed slashing of penalty rates and the royal commission into union governance while never lifting a finger to tackle the corruption of corporate Australia.

    Try again when you have an argument better than “Rubbish”.

  8. Then NoS and Voyager, you come up with the goods and organise a Rally to show support for the Actions of this Government that are so righteous in your eyes.
    We wait to be impressed, but if you can’t, or won’t, why should we give any weight to those who are nothing more than hot air. We saw what can be done with a heap of money to buy a “Rent a Crowd” and Shock Jocks that are paid to disseminate hatred in the Convoy of the Incontinent, ooops, Incompetent, no, sorry, whatever it was about, and those vile signs that were brought up front to display your minds and to show us all that your tolerance for any view but your own, is to be silenced.
    Something that most people know, but it seems you missed it along the way, so I’ll say it here in the misguided hope you will learn from it, “You can gauge the health of a Democracy by how well it embraces it Dissenters and not only it’s Supporters.”

  9. Until such time the LNP develop, ”discover/ whatever”, a tree that can grow without water, survive extreme temperatures and reach full maturity in 2 or3 years their green army direct action policy has no credibility, IE; Makes no sense…..>. .
    How do you make a tree? First, plant it a hundred years ago.

    Eucalyptys regnans is a fast-growing gum tree native to high-rainfall areas in the Australian states of Tasmania and Victoria. It holds the record for the tallest hardwood in the world. Some of biggest regnans could give some of the big sequoias a run for their money in terms of size and could even beat the tall redwoods for height. But you need a lot of things to go right to make a giant regnans.

    First, it has to be growing in an area with good soils and a tremendous amount of rainfall — the very kind of land watched with envy by plantation owners. In the first years of its life the young tree should be surrounded by tall trees, forcing it to race towards sunlight, in its fast-growth early years. The tree then has to survive hundreds of years of fires, pests, disease, storms, lightning strikes, and of course, logging. It also needs a permanent stand of trees around it to protect it from exposure to storms and erosion.

  10. Neil of Sydney and Voyager, it was not a whinge fest by the left and you have outed yourself by saying they were mad. In what context? Insane, or “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!” I think it was the latter. You’ve had your ‘whinge’. And Neil, take your rubbish home with you.

  11. We wish Niel’s home was elsewhere on the planet. But then we’d all have a bad case of the guilts, that we had just passed our trash onto someone else to deal with.
    So I guess we just have to suffer such as him, for he lacks the intelligence to construct anything outside of Propaganda rhetoric that has been passed to him by MSM and is that all his fault? Maybe someone dropped him once?

  12. I noticed the various banners saying “Kill Abbott” and the tshirts “Fuck Tony Abbott”.

    Imagine if any of the aged pensioners who Albo called the “Convoy of Incontinence” had urged the same on Miss Gillard. All she copped was “Witch” and “Bitch” by two Socialist Alliance members who turned up to interrupt the march.

    I have yet to hear Anne Summers raise any concern.

    Then we had Gary Chambers, head honcho at the Newcastle Trades Hall call for someone to shoot Alan Joyce in the back of the head.

    I’m glad that after emailing Commissioer Scipione, I received this reply at 12.10pm today:

    “Thank you for contacting the NSW Police Force Customer Assistance Unit.

    Your enquiry has been forwarded to the Crime Manager at Newcastle City LAC.”

  13. Palmersaurousesphalixmember, you have a very biased selective memory. Commercial media has broadcast far worse than you have cared to say! Maybe because it would show your hypocrisy? NO! Couldn’t be! Faux horruer!

  14. @TechinBris 6.41pm – Please nlighten us to when you saw a “Kill Gillard” poster at a demo. You leftards are pathetic when it comes to the violence you expouse. You are hypocritical animals with no vestiges of morality.

    Do you realise that in order to grow 1 pound of marijuana, 2,600 pounds of CO2 is produced. All greens should pay a dope tax.

  15. Did I say I support such? No you supposed such. Just like you make a lot of suppositions on a lot of things.
    Tell me, what is wrong in people wanting to care for those less fortunate than themselves, but are told it is not affordable, as people like you or a Multinational Corporation needs those funds more than they do when it comes to survival?
    Show you show us your humanity, or your greed?

  16. Sauruspalms, you are really ignorant as to what is happening in the world. Where they have legalise Dope, they are using the funds to reconstruct all of what your type of people have worked so hard to destroy. But not that, since Conservatives never, ever would have such, (yeah sure) we don’t have to whinge about you paying for anything. Just don’t ask us for anything, as your doing it solo don’t forget. Oh, and that one third rebate on your Health Insurance, it shows you’re a hypocrite.

  17. Thanks for the link, @Palmersaurus. I do not agree with any comments of violence. I did not say that I did. I do not agree with your other generalised remark either.

  18. It is wonderful to read your thoughts on the march and how amazing it must have been in Melbourne – I understand nearly 25 000 at least turned out for that one. We had to drive to Townsville as it was the closest but it was more than worth it.

  19. “destroying Great Barrier Reef

    So Abbott is destroying the Barrier Reef??

    Bit over the top don’t you think??

  20. There have been times in history where violence had good outcomes, IE; The French revolution, the beginning of human rights in France.. The American civil war, the end of the slave trade etc etc etc. Looking forward to the day one of our brave keyboard warriors picks up a brick in anger and throws through the window of the Australian media and mining baron fed government. Deja vu the London blackberry riots. >>http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/08/10/london-riots-the-social-media-is-to-blame-apparently/

  21. G’day All,

    Palmersorearse (™ LOVO), you must’ve forgotten your very, very good (some might suggest intimate) friend Toilet Block Jones (well known scum [a.k.a LNP] supporter) and his comments on a state-wide radio broadcast re Julia Gillard and drowning her in a chaff sack, not to mention his reprehensible insurrection of race-riots (not a poster but an illegal action) in Cronulla. Ahh, Palmersorearse (™ LOVO) and the LNP scum party, hypocritical one day, block stupid the next.

  22. There have been times in history where violence had good outcomes,”

    Typical leftie advocating violence.

    I was shocked but not surprised by that Union rep that said Alan Joyce, the Qantas CEO should be shot in the back of the head.

  23. Shaun – I wonder of those cute lookig Pakastani (by heritage) Skaff brothers were part of the retalitory riot. Nice boys. Then we have Scott Morrison who has cancelled humanitarian visas for the 31 rapists/sexual assaulters that have arrived over the last year …

    Most of the feminists who marched yesterday were supporting rapists.

  24. Pick up a brick ! !. It’s not gonna happen, so we’re stuck with this ”Claytons” fed government for at least the next 8, maybe 12 years, Thanks for nothing Rinehart/Fairfax,Murdoch & Co

  25. Once again Palmersorearse and Vogager and Neil, Try and Belittle what Hundred and thousands of Australian Gathered to complain about Tony Abbott Incompetent reign as PM and that comment is very Polite. I have asked you many times on this site to tell us why we are so wrong, The simple answer being Tony abbott Has not done anything right, You are Pathetic in trying to Justify your Gripes. The media ‘s performance in reporting this Magnificent display of People Power is underwhelming , WE gathered via word of mouth and the Face book blogs, Who is Behind this situation of not Keeping the Public informed ? Abbott is trying to deny it Happened He will be working out ways to show he isn’t worried BUT By ignoring the People who got out there and walked he can hardly say “We are Listening ” so Putting another Nail into His stupid Moves Box, IF he thinks he can laugh off the Marches then it will come back and Bite, Because of the Medias pathetic reporting we do not Know Just how many Marches there were,, All I hear about are, Melbourne,Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Grafton Lismore Caboolture All with the Common Theme . Maybe we should go for April Anti Abbott March People Power will sort this clown out

  26. @greg toland 8.56pm: OMFG “Try and Belittle what Hundred and thousands of Australian Gathered to complain”

    After reading Green Left Weekly, New Matilda, The Guardian, The Age and GetUp! I’m afraid you’re wrong. It was millions and millions of Aussies, refugees, little black kids working for Gina Rhinehart on 457 visas etc etc who marched.

    And none of the bastards knew what deodorant was !!!!!!! Hairy armpits displayed by all the feminists, whilst gay guys showed their bikini wax.

  27. Abbott has the worst poll starts in 40 years and the worst first 100 days in Australian history.

    His gormless closed minded followers, who can only go about Labor because Abbot is so terribly bad, know he’s an utter dud and so do most of the Australian people.

  28. No surer sign that palmersaurus has lost a discussion than when he denigrates into inane babble, which is often.

  29. Prime Minister Abbott told 2GB radio shock jok Alan Jones, (whose parents didn’t die in shame like Gillard’s) in an interview that people like Hitler and Saddam Hussein weren’t all bad, they did exterminate a lot of potential refugees. IE; Murdoch/LNP dictionary definition of Refugees, Dangerous humanoid type creatures, look and sound like human men women and children..

  30. See, straight back onto Labor. Absolute proof Abbott is the greatest dud of a leader this country has seen. And what does that say about his followers?

  31. Washington Post, Carol Morello, June 15, 2013.. God help Australia if these people ever win office. Australian Prime Minster Julia Gillard fried chicken. Small breasts, thighs and big red box/Vagina on an opposing political party’s fund raising dinner menu… Telegraph co UK. June 12, 2013. Kathy Brand. The ugly Australians. A snapshot of the sort of people these Liberals are. > Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard’s vagina on the menu. PS;Female Genitals; Australian slang words IE; mossy cleft.,.,fanny,..hairy box,,,love tunnel,.. cunt, etc. . http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/10115391/Julia-Gillard-sexist-menu-Did-the-women-present-all-laugh-along-before-tucking-into-the-Aussie-PM.html

  32. Oi Slumdog – you forget that MIss Gillard was defending her man of confidence, Peter Slipper, knowing what he thought of her vagina. God give me strength.

  33. Mad in March – they should have gone to Tas and SA to help the Left and the
    Greens in the State Elections.
    ps. another monumental Labor loss in Tas , biggest in 100yrs and a gerrymander
    in SA.
    As for the Union Stooge Kennedy what a disgrace , oh let’s be honest he is
    Subhuman. Talk with passion but not kill threats.

  34. Slumdog.

    The owner of the restaurant had this to say

    http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2013/s3780594.htm

    TONY EASTLEY: The restaurant owner at the centre of the offensive menu which demeaned the Prime Minister says the document was never circulated.

    Joe Richards, the restaurant owner, has sent an email clarifying that he created the menu and he says it was meant as a “light hearted joke” but he insists it was never shown to any guests at the LNP fundraising event held for candidate Mal Brough in March………………..Unfortunately a staff member saw the mock menu and unbeknownst to myself, posted it on their Facebook. It now appears that a third party, for political reasons, has distributed it, yet I can assure you that no such menu was distributed on the night. As you know, no-one at the dinner was privy to such a menu and it is so unfortunate that an in-house joke between myself and my son has caused you great problems and embarrassment.”

  35. You better believe it – I live here in the Whitsundays where is he planning to increase the Abbott Point Coal Terminal and allow dredging sludge to be dumped on the reef – The Great Barrier Reef bought in over $5billion in revenue to this country in the last financial year (no I’m not pulling that figure out of a hat its in the tourism revenue earners ledger) and is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

    While it seems easy to say – oh it’s just a bit of space on the edge – you have to understand the a reefs ecosystem is finely balanced and introducing that amount of material into even a small part of it will affect the whole area over time. No other tourist resource in this country brings in the amount of money that the reef does and as other reefs disappear around the world because people are too greedy to protect them it will bring even more.

    It is comforting to believe that it is only rabid environmentalists and uniformed saps who think the reef is in danger but don’t kid yourself. Instead ask yourself just why is Abbott pushing legislation through parliament at this moment to prevent the government being sued for environmental damage as a result of development or policy? – hmmm yeah I don’t like the answer either.

  36. @ palmersaurus. on March 18, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

    Oh that one really makes me want to place a request on IP addresses, utilising the entry you installed here to plead my case in cause, in order to announce who you are publicly for that offensive line to those women. Will we let those women you disparage, judge how they like you as a person and what they think about you? Easy to hide behind your stupid belief that you think you are anonymously hidden behind your computer screen?
    But don’t give rise, to my desire to do so, as if it wasn’t because of your comment, I wouldn’t really understand why I would want to know who you are.
    You are not doing your type a favor. In fact, you would make them cringe.

  37. Jenni – the Green / Left Propaganda machine has got to you.
    As that mad dog unionist Kennedy said we need to create jobs – this does.
    The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has an area of Victoria , Tasmania , ACT
    + 50,000 sq K. I guess we would agree that is really big at 340,000+ sq K.
    Dredging will be placed in one area of 2 sq K.
    That would seem a very balanced result.

  38. Prime Minister Gillard said “we see a pattern of behaviour that doesn’t go away”……> Sunshine Coast Daily. June 15, 2013. Sascha Taylor, a worker at the restaurant said the menu was distributed and that the restaurant owner had taken the fall for Mr Brough..

    ( Mr Brough has emphatically denied the claims, referring to restaurant owner Joe Richards’ statement that the menu was a private joke between him and his son.)

    “I work at the Brisbane restaurant in question and let me assure everyone that the menu was indeed made public,”

    “How lovely of the owner to fall on his sword like that,” . she goes on to say she give her notice the same night in disgust..

    We have been unable to reach the owner of the restaurant, Mr Richards to verify Ms Taylor’s claim. ; Mr Richards is a large donor to the LNP.

    Joe Hockey and Mal Brough say they do not recall seeing the menu. Mr Hockey also said the Prime Minister is not in a position to judge.

    “She pretty much called me [and my colleagues] misogynist pigs,” Mr Hockey told reporters.

    “No sanctimonious lectures from [Prime Minister Gillard] who called me a fat man in Parliament.”

  39. Washington Post, Carol Morello, June 15, 2013.. God help Australia if these people ever win office. Australian Prime Minster Julia Gillard fried chicken. Small breasts, thighs and big red box/Vagina on an opposing political party’s fund raising dinner menu… Telegraph co UK. June 12, 2013. Kathy Brand. The ugly Australians. A snapshot of the sort of people these Liberals are. > Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard’s vagina on the menu. PS;Female Genitals; Australian slang words IE; mossy cleft.,.,fanny,..hairy box,,,love tunnel,.. cunt, etc. . http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/10115391/Julia-Gillard-sexist-menu-Did-the-women-present-all-laugh-along-before-tucking-into-the-Aussie-PM.html

  40. @ palmersaurus on March 18, 2014 @ 9:04 pm

    You really are the slag wasting that has no use, for even road base. Yet you incite more hatred?
    Are you upset that Gay and Lesbian’s would hear a few words from you, and it wouldn’t matter how gorgeous you were, nor how much you wanted them to be attracted to you, the only thing you’d get is derisive laughter reserved for a complete fool, and be told to go play with yourself. If your a good, you might actually leave the scene dry.
    Please cease and desist, as you are belittling yourself.

  41. VOYAGER – Brisbane – Sydney @ March 18, 2014 @ 10:08 pm “Dredging will be placed in one area of 2 sq K. That would seem a very balanced result.”
    So are you going to volunteer your backyard Voyager, along with all your neighbors around you, to have the dredgings dumped in your backyard?
    No, I didn’t think so.
    Hypocrite.

  42. To Palmersaurarse Get some help for your Drinking Problem, Your contributions today are your funniest Yet, The March againt Abbott is Just beginning, YOU and Your Mates ( Neil, Voyager ) are on the wrong side of History, Palmer I bet you have trouble getting your Big Fat Gut and arse of your squashed Leather Lounge , Trying to belittle the Marchers again is all what you have in your armoury, WHERE is your enlightenment regarding your Shameful Leader, I would tell you to crawl under a rock but your gut would prevent that ,

  43. “Sascha Taylor, a worker at the restaurant said the menu was distributed and that the restaurant owner had taken the fall for Mr Brough.. ”

    Well if that is the case it should be easy to verify. Everybody at the event would have seen it. Did anybody else come out and say they had seen it??

    “Mr Richards said last night no one by that name worked at the cafe and no one quit yesterday.

    and “While he had no proof Mr Richards had distributed the menu at the fundraiser, he said it was the sort of thing that he would do. “He’s actually done a lot of these functions for the Labor Party as well

    No Liberal Party MP even saw the menu.

  44. ” WHERE is your enlightenment regarding your Shameful Leader”

    Trust me Greg, there can be no enlightenment in one, that creates a vaporous dark miasma around themselves from the baleful plotting that infects the twisted logic that resides in it, that so revolts most who stray into his presence and only hang around because they are paid to.

  45. are on the wrong side of History,

    Well i will say one thing. Any side you are on chances are i will be on the other side.

    You Labor voters are easily the most dishonest and revolting people.

    Telling nothing but lies and falsehoods. No wonder almost every Labor policy is a disaster.

  46. My friend’s in the USA have been stiring me for all the times I stirred them, about them electing Dubya.
    Karma is coming back on me, when that Village Idiot is paraded as our Prime Miniature. How embarrassing!

  47. Rudd/Gillard was a disaster.

    They created a system where smugglers could sell our humanitarian places.

    Now the boats have stopped coming we should be able to take again our refugees from UNHCR camps like we did under Howard.

    You people have destroyed the lives of thousands of people.

    I doubt i would be ever on the same side of anything as you people.

  48. Slumdog, stop. Too depressing! I can’t take much more. I’d rather sit and try to survive an hour of watching toxic waste dry on top of the 2KMsq. around Voyager’s home, than to watch any more of that…….thing.

  49. Neil of Sydney @ March 18, 2014 @ 11:07 pm “I doubt i would be ever on the same side of anything as you people.”

    You have no idea how glad that makes us feel Neil. Stay where you are. We know what is good for health and well-being, but you certainly are not conducive with either.
    We thank you.

  50. G’day All,

    Ahh, Palmersorearse (™ LOVO), and you’re mates the duo of density, Null, and Waste of Space V-B-S, together the triumvirate of treachery, the vortex of vapid stupidity, all three of you register so high on the lists of deranged anti-intellectuals that you’ll probably get a very moist surprise from Toilet Block Jones, and a special commendation from the the Bint of Bloat Bolt.

    For Palmersorearse (™ LOVO),
    But Neil – even national treasure and honoured politician Malcolm Fraser said One Term Tony the Tool, is an economic illiterate and a dangerous politician due to his rabid tea party ideology driven stupidity.

    For Waste of Space V-B-S,
    Null – the Merdeoch/ RWNJ Propaganda machine has got to you.
    As that mad dog corpratist Gina said, we need to create jobs that don’t pay anymore than two dollars a day, One Term Tony the Tool is trying hard to achieve that.

    For Null of Syd,
    “There have been times in history where violence had good outcomes,”

    Typical John Howard advocating violence on Iraq, where were those reasons for attacking a nation again, those WMD’s?

    As usual hypocrisy, stupidity and rampant self-interest go hand in hand with the LNP [scum] supporters.
    .

  51. “Toilet Block Jones” I remember that! That was when Jones was caught doing a “Beat” in London! I wonder if he was getting it, or giving it?

  52. “As usual hypocrisy, stupidity and rampant self-interest go hand in hand with the LNP [scum] supporters.”

    That actually is my opinion of you lot.

    If you had any decency you should be apologising for creating a system where our humanitarian places could be purchased for $10,000.

    It will take years to clean up the mess you people have created. Let us hope we can start taking our refugees from UNHCR camps.

    You lot have no shame, ethics or morals and most ALP policies do not work because you are immoral scum. And scummy people produce scummy results.

  53. G’day All,

    TIB, from my understanding of the events, (I was reading the newspapers over there at the time), he was giving head, like all RWNJ (e.g. the Triumvirate of Torpidity) do to the LNP party.

  54. G’day All,

    Who cares about your opinion Null, you’re a certified mouth breathing moron that continually spouts rampant BS because you think it will make your “masters” at LNP headquarters happy. You couldn’t give a rats arse about the refugees, you just spout that shite cause you think it wins points.

  55. An amazingly ill-conceived response Neil. There is no such thing as a queue or a line or other such rubbish. It’s based on assessments and negotiations and Australia already does take people from UNHCR camps.

    Perhaps you’d do better in arguing your points Neil if you spent some time reading about the subjects you comment on; and I don’t mean reading the Daily Telegraph.

  56. I feel filthy just writing to you and since your opinion is worth diddly squat, I am hardly upset about anything you think, if it is at all possible.
    BTW, isn’t it about time, that poor person, that is transcribing what you mumble, is allowed to get some sleep and recover from the ordeal you put them through, in your selfish drive to appear to make any difference in the World??
    Sorry to burst your bubble, but you haven’t achieved much yet, otherwise you would be somewhere else but here.

  57. “Australia already does take people from UNHCR camps.

    How many?? Under Howard we took all our refugees from UNHCR camps for the simple reason we had nobody coming by boat.

    And even Bob Carr has said most of those boat people are economic immigrants not refugees. That guy who was murdered on Manus Island was an architect looking for a better life. He could not get a job back home. We have immigration programs for people who want to come here for a better life. Our humanitarian program should be for refugees.

    And i will state again. You people have destroyed the lives of thousands of people who we would have taken from UNHCR camps under Howard.

  58. It would help Slumdog if you could get the facts right:

    “As the man who first alerted the world to the existence of the menu – a disgruntled former worker at Brisbane’s R&R Cafe – admitted he had no firsthand knowledge it ever left the kitchen, the emergence of a second worker who claimed it had been widely seen at the LNP dinner in March appeared to be a hoax.”

    And regarding Sascha:

    “And all of those things didn’t reveal any trace of Sascha Taylor. At least not in Brisbane. Or with that spelling.

    Staff at Mr Richards’ restaurant swore no one had resigned and no one had heard of a Sascha Taylor.

    Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/theres-twitter-and-theres-the-media-20130614-2oa6z.html#ixzz2wJkAk3YT

  59. G’day All,

    Very little TiB, it still astounds me how the LNP [scum] aggregates, or more to the point employs, people like the Trio of Turpitude. It really speaks volumes about that particular party. I have points of difference with all the parties and/or independents, but the LNP [scum] are a breed alone in their irrational self interest, with an ideological underpinning of elitist racism. It honestly makes me sick to the pit of my stomach.

  60. G’day All,

    Ahh, Null of Syd, you simpleton, who was on the Tampa then? The Trio of Turpitude strike again with their “invincible” weapon of vapid stupidity.

  61. Neil – there is only one standout Policy from Labor and dearly departed Rudd.
    Manus Island , thanks Kevin no boats for 89 days.
    You sludges enjoyed your Mad in March outing , the best outing will be seeing
    Rudd and Garrett fronting the Pink Bat Royal Commission. This will however be
    surpassed by the Union Royal Commission . It will be a wow every hour!
    The 25th March will also be a standout day.

  62. G’day All,

    Ahh, Palmersorearse (™ LOVO), the inveterate simpleton speaks some more dribble thinking how erudite (look it up moron, I’m not going to “please explain”) he is. The real fun is going to be watching the unraveling of One Term Tones loss of power in the LNP, even the most stupid of the current government ministers know that One Term Tone is a liability, he couldn’t even hold his own with year 9 students, they tore him a new one, intellectually speaking. Won’t be long now until they turn, and they will be barbarians looking for blood, One Term Tones blood.

  63. G’day All,

    Ahh, Palmersorearse (™ LOVO), no TechinBris is not saying homosexuals are horrible people, he is saying that the number one LNP ticket holder, Toilet Block Jones, is a lying, vindictive, racist scumbag much like the trio of turpitude.

  64. G’day All,

    Ahh, Palmersorearse (™ LOVO), I know perfectly well what those words mean, that’s why I used them, you on the other hand have spent valuable dribble time consulting a dictionary, and checking with “The Cretin” to see if it’s on a talking point sheet.

  65. G’day All,

    Ahh, so waste of space V-B-S, MARCH 18, 2014 @ 11:45 PM, tell me, oh great Oracle of the Suppository of Wisdom, if there were no boats who was put into the Orange Roughy LIfeboats? The trio of turpitude strike again with invincible shield of ignorance.

  66. I’m not sure what type of response you are going for. If you wish to embarrass yourself by spouting vitriol without backing it up then yay for you – success. If you are trying to prove a point in regards to conservative politics and current policy planning then I have to say you have missed the mark entirely.

    I grew up the daughter of a politician and a conservative one at that and have worked both sides of the political spectrum as supporter and in business. I have been forced to watch this country fall deeper and deeper into short term financial planning decisions based on re election. I have thrown my hands in the air at the changing face in leadership within the Labour party and have watched them fall to the same disease that rests in the heart of the conservative’s. Power for power’s sake, ego for ego’s sake and vanity for vanity’s sake, regardless of the best interest of either party and certainly without regard to the Australian population who they all seem to regard as a docile means to an end.

    However what I have seen in the last 7 months goes beyond anything I could have ever imagined – we have policy being dictated in opposition to world trends and research findings and being directed by greed with the full knowledge of the impact it will have, hence current legislative measure against holding governments accountable for environmental damage or disasters as a result of policy or development. Our refugee policy is not based on any real long term planning but on fear and the idea of out of mind out of sight and we have seen how well that is working. I’m not advocating for open door policy but I would like to see debate and policy based on reason and not as a means of increasing fear and jingoism to attain or retain power.

    Our leader, Abbott, is the first prime minister to do away with the Sciences as a cabinet position and has treated his female members with little more than benign contempt. We have lost specific cabinet positions in the fields of the elderly and mental health just to name two and those whether you LIKE it or NOT are facts. We are a joke on the world stage and will continue to be so as long as we pursue this path.

    Simply because you disagree with the aims of the Labour party and would prefer to see an industry driven fiduciary based budget does not mean that all evidence to the contrary is wrong and all those who oppose it are lacking in either guile, intelligence or wit. Stop playing word duel and address the real issue at hand, which is the total lack of respect your previous comments show for any form of contention which leads me to believe you have little faith in the policies of this government for if you did you would not be reduced to name calling.

  67. palmersaurus @ March 18, 2014 @ 11:48 pm “So you’re saying homosexuals are horrible people now @TechinBris.”

    LOL! How do you think I know so much about them, or didn’t you pick up on that? Well it is really hard to be a homophobic person, when my best friend is one? ROFL!
    You really are a weird one. Your social skills are poor and empathy factor is in the negative factor. Acid rising tonight? Your venom is vapid and couldn’t kill a hamster.

  68. Jenny, if I have offended you, you have my sincerest apology. I was toying with the Gnats, as I am won’t to do, when they amuse me.
    You are correct to feel the way you do and those MiM marches, no mater how much the Gnat’s bump into it and deny it’s existence, this weekend showed you how many there are that feel as you do, for maybe different reasons, but this is about what we have in common, and not what tears people apart.
    For every Protestor at a March, the probable, to issue, rule of thumb, I am advised is that approximately 700 other people feel the same way you do. I know I did.

  69. Sean – those orange roughies are part of our foreign aid budget to Indonesia. We are returning known criminals (who want to kill us) to the Indos to get their 150,000 rupiah departure tax back. Why aren’t you bitching about our relations with a near neighbour. Since diplomatic relations were stopped, those friggen illegals have stopped.

  70. G’day All,

    Ahh, Palmersorearse (™ LOVO), you are such an imbecile, forget all the other bs that consumes your poor overworked two neurons, where, yes where, did the the occupants of the Orange Roughy lifeboats come from, yes that’s right you moron, from boat arrivals, q.e.d. failure Morriscum and one term tone.

  71. G’day TiB,

    No they are not gullible, they do it because they are afraid that their chance at unbelievable riches will be denied them by people with compassion and morality. They, like the “converted”, are full on LNP supporters because they hope one day they will be obscenely rich and be able to treat all around them with disdain and vitriol that absurd amounts money will entitle them to. They never will, but like the converted they will fight like the blazes to have the chance, the carrot that the entitled 1% hold out to them forever withheld is just too much for them to resist, they are the blind who will just not see, are they worthy of compassion? Yes, are they worthy of being justified or tolerated? No.

  72. Until such time the LNP develop, ”discover/ whatever”, a tree that can grow without water, survive extreme temperatures and reach full maturity in 2 or 3 years their green army direct action, ”Claytons” climate change policy has no credibility, IE; Makes no sense.. .
    .How do you make a tree? First, plant it 150-200 years ago.

    Eucalyptys regnans is a fast-growing gum tree native to high-rainfall areas in the Australian states of Tasmania and Victoria. It holds the record for the tallest hardwood in the world. Some of biggest regnans could give some of the big sequoias a run for their money in terms of size and could even beat the tall redwoods for height. But you need a lot of things to go right to make a giant regnans.

    First, it has to be growing in an area with good soils and a tremendous amount of rainfall — the very kind of land watched with envy by plantation owners. In the first years of its life the young tree should be surrounded by tall trees, forcing it to race towards sunlight, in its fast-growth early years. The tree then has to survive hundreds of years of fires, pests, disease, storms, lightning strikes, and of course, logging. It also needs a permanent stand of trees around it to protect it from exposure to storms and erosion. >http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/05/tony-abbott-tells-tasmania-too-much-forest-is-locked-up-in-national-parks

  73. Greenland Is Literally Melting

    A new study suggests that three glaciers that are responsible for retaining a major ice stream in Greenland are melting faster than they were originally believed to be, and they are moving rapidly into the sea. Published in Nature Climate Change today, the study indicates that sea levels need to be revised and that the northeast corner of Greenland, which is one of the coldest and driest parts of the world, is not, in fact, stable. “This is the first time anyone has ever observed a sudden acceleration of ice loss in the downhill (outlet) portions of a really long ice stream. So, we are in terra incognita,” said study coauthor Michael Bevis of Ohio State University.”The instability of Greenland is growing.” http://www.thedailybeast.com/

  74. The media and mining barons v’s climate change. >The Climate itself is now the climate scientists and Julia Gillard’s greatest advocate; > With the real-world effects of climate change constantly becoming more difficult to deny, this is not a sustainable situation. Eventually reality must break in, and there are signs that this is beginning to happen.>Murdoch news corp.com.au and Rinehart/Fairfaxnews.com.au. , found to be a major driving force behind global warming denial
    Read more:- http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2013/aug/08/global-warming-denial-fox-news.

  75. ShaunJ @ March 19, 2014 @ 1:13 am

    Oh. So they are just your everyday, wannabe Mammonite. Worshiper of Wealth. The God of slavery and servitude to it’s grinding demands that can never be sedated, demanding to feed another Conservative hoping to be rich, another piece of sacrificial cannon fodder on the alter of Profit, so it can grow and infect more with it’s darkness of death and destruction. War, the Mammonite game. The Loser’s game.
    Every one of those Mammonites I have every met, always sees out their existence with never any sense of satisfaction, because there can never be enough to satisfy them in our finite existence.
    One doesn’t have to die, to go to Hell. Some create their own, voluntarily in their stupidity, by choosing to center Wealth, as their moral barometer in life. Tis a sad and pathetic choice and it never ceases to amaze me that people choose or promote it. You would have to be nuts to actually believe you are happy or that the philosophy of greed actually works. It’s a Fairy Story, where their Hero devours them, in order to save the Butterfly from them, because it amuses it when it kills the Butterfly.
    Golden Calf Worshipers. Moses had it right. We really would be better if we could offer them Gold-Leaf in their Tea and Coffee, if they want it. The World would soon be a better place.

  76. Kennedys comment was a slip of the tounge no doubt, a rough but honest figure of speech expressing the sentiment well heard throughout the country – that Joyce needs to resign. His decision for 5000 Australian incomes to be cut to save his own back was irresponsible, ruthless and a direct result of his poor management strategies. Not only is QANTAS becoming a laughing stock on the world stock market, they are now a laughing stock in their own backyard.

  77. @Cameron: Kennedy’s comment was the usual vile threat, made by most unionists in Australia. Most are convicted criminals like Sekta of the Victorian CFMEU.

    I am sure that the Crime Manager of the Newcastle City LAC will act on the information that has been aid before him, and charge Kennedy under section 26 of the Crimes Act, 1900 for conspircy to murder by inciting people to shoot Alan Joyce in the back of the head.

    It’s on tape and this thug deserves what’s coming to him.

  78. Get the sheer hypocrisy of the right wingnuts. They can call for a PM to be killed and worse, incite riots and are praised for it. But anyone else and they should be locked up and apologise for being offensive.

    Just get some back, that’s karma, but the trouble is the right are very thin skinned and addled brained, the sooks just can’t take their own back at them.

    Same in parliament. They dished it in opposition and are so scared of having it thrown back at them they close down question time, change the rules and put in the most biased and worst umpire this country has seen. Sooks and wimps.

    They have always dealt in double standards, with a good example being given by whatever he wants to call himself.

  79. *Jenny, if I have offended you, you have my sincerest apology. I was toying with the Gnats, as I am won’t to do, when they amuse me.*

    It wasn’t directed at you – I think the reply button is a little skewed – it was meant for Neal for Sydney (I think). *You lot have no shame, ethics or morals and most ALP policies do not work because you are immoral scum. And scummy people produce scummy results.*

    He basically gave me the cyber version of a pat on the head and told me that I had obviously the radicals had confused me and then went on to tear into the next person on his list using phrases that while offensive still weren’t overly original. I tend to get riled with people like that.

  80. Glad you mentioned race riots Moby. Miss Gillard put on a good one with the blackfellas in Canberra. Never noticed any signs with “Kill Gillard” or “Fuck Juliar Gillard” though.

  81. G’day All,

    Ohh dear poor deluded uni-neuronal Palmersorearse (™ LOVO), as has been pointed out to you numerous times (perhaps that overworked neuron can’t retain the information, suggest you write it down), can’t you remember your intimate friend Toilet Block Jones calling for Ms Gillard to be put in a chaff bag and drowned? And as far as Canberra goes I’m pretty sure the following newspaper quote fingers who was responsible, “It appears the mob was incensed by remarks made by Mr Abbott earlier in the day in which he said he thought it was probably time to reconsider the relevance of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.” Good lord you really are a stupid dick Palmersorearse (™ LOVO), I would’ve thought you would’ve learned a few things by now, but no, you really are brick stupid.

  82. Then you haven’t been around palmersuarus, or more to the truth you are ideologically blinkered and only see what you want to see and make into things you want to make into them, not what they are in reality.

    You fire another shot and miss the side of the barn, yet again. ShaunJ shoots you down in flames, yet again, over the Aboriginals incident in Canberra, deliberately initiated by Abbott.

    And you can’t get all precious over things now being thrown back at Abbott that he and his mindless followers threw incessantly when in opposition. Abbott set the very low standard and still continues to set it, so now and in the future when the things he has done, is doing and will do get used against the LIberals their supporters can’t cry foul. Someone once said it’s called karma.

    Of course we all know that it won’t stop them from complaining and dummy spitting long and loud, as is their wont, and as they have always done and will always do, for double standards and gross hypocrisy whilst projecting are core to their flawed personalities and blind ideological belief.

  83. You fire another shot and miss the side of the barn, yet again.

    It appears to be a habit. He made some bizarre accusation the other day about Conroy and satellites but didn’t want to explain the slur. It’s really just another slur without any foundation. It is all they have ever had. Unfortunately, since most of the slurs originate in our most read newspaper, slurs has won them office. Will the public in general retain the memory of these early days, or will the media provide cover for them again?

  84. I personally don’t like where this is going, but, I can understand the sentiment. The poster has effectively highlighted how far our political discourse has descended. And he also correctly and effectively pinpoints the instigators of this descent.

    ‘RESIGN, DICKHEAD’ was one of the most popular signs at the Melbourne March in March last weekend — attracting the ire of Andrew Bolt. Banner creator Lyndon Morley sets the record straight.
    ……
    While the context of the surrounding message is always more important than any subjectively vulgar sound-bite, the ‘RESIGN, DICKHEAD’ banner is not a symptom of Australian culture so much as it is a result of a political landscape poisoned by the spiteful, ignorant rhetoric of the Andrew Bolts of our country.


    http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/tony-abbott-andrew-bolt-and-resign-dickhead,6296

    I don’t agree that sinking to their level is appropriate, or warranted. But, the highlighting of the hypocrisy is interesting to behold. And, I particularly like the ending, although something tells me I shouldn’t.


    You are the enemy of civil political discourse.

    You’re not a journalist. You’re a propagandist. You’re a hatemonger. You’re PR for the Murdoch family.

    But at least you can pat yourself on the back for having pulled political discourse in Australia down to this level.

    You’re a dickhead too.

  85. Tom R, I was most appreciative of the comma, it gave one enough pause so as to take in a breath and say the last word loudly!

    What a great line “….I think it’s fair to call him a dickhead. I hope that it sticks and that for the rest of his life, Tony Abbott is known as Tony Abbott the Dickhead PM.”
    P.S. Loved the cheeky ME arrow in photo… ha……. stick that bolta 😛

  86. Oh Tom R: You supporting Conroy, the guy forced to appear before ICAC. A friend of Eddie Obeid and other corrupt ALP poliies like Michael Parkinson and Craig Thomson.

  87. TomR: History has shown that those pensioners were right to call her a witch and a bitch. It was just a shame those signs were made by the Socialist Alliance and carried by GetUP! members.

    At least the females in the ALP caucus ditched the bitch.

  88. You’re a racist palmersaurus. Plain and simple racist.

    I hope you realise that the Chinese dynasties considered Europeans to be backward barbarians with no culture and no idea of how to be civilized.

    For what it’s worth you should do some reading about Indigenous Australia instead of repeating sh!t you read on Andrew Bolt’s blog.

  89. Do your own research palmersaurus. Read something other than Andrew Bolt.

    And for what it’s worth palmersaurs – how about all those slaughters done by white men or the raping of women and children by ‘settlers’. You’re pathetic palmersaurus. Totally pathetic.

  90. Oh Tom R: You supporting Conroy

    I was asking you what you were referring to the other day. It was a pretty simple question. Why do you feel the need to form sides when I obviously don’t know what you are referring to?

  91. As I implied Alex Schlotzer, there is no Aboriginal culture. We have lots of used oyster shells in a heap that are called sacred middens – we Aussies call it a dump or tip. They managed to do some cave paintings of Bob Brown’s aliens in space suits. They carved some sandstone rock. They danced around in a circle with spears. Thats about all I can find about Aboriginal culture.

    Maybe you’ve found more ????

    Even their smoking ceremonies and welcome to country were made up by white anthropologists. Secret womens’ business was found by the courts to be total bullshit. Federal parliament was acknowledging the wrong tribe for years as former custodians. Whitefellas paint dot paintings and make a fortune.

    On and on I could go. All facts – not racist – just honest comment.

  92. Tom R: Here’s an example for Question Time today. 51 fixed wireless connections in WA with no spectrum allotted to the. 16,000 premises in Perth with no capacity to send or receive wireless.

    250,000 were to reveive satellite coverage, but due to spectrum usage, only 48,000 users can be signed up.

    That’s Conroy’s great beer coaster scheme after 5 years.

  93. Actually, Labor had planned for all this. This is the result of turnbull and his parties refusal to accept basic science, and now trying to blame Conroy

    \http://delimiter.com.au/2012/02/11/the-truth-about-nbn-cos-satellite-needs/

  94. As I implied Alex Schlotzer, there is no Aboriginal culture.

    And yet we have an entire wing at our Museum devoted to it?

    Bah, museums, what do they know!

  95. Michael, I won’t be posting any comment again. The situation quickly deteriorates when the Trolls attack. I have tried to unfollow this post, I am sick of the email notifications which I have to delete day after day. I hope for it to die a natural death yet it keeps coming. I hope these trolls die from their own hyperBILE.

  96. *As I implied Alex Schlotzer, there is no Aboriginal culture.*

    Well now you wanted to chat about facts – how about the aboriginal community in South East Qld that was completely demolished by militia under the orders of the governor because an anthropologist from NSW wanted permission to visit and make a study of the community as it had schools, and a village style settlement.

    This is all on record in the archives. I know this because I’ve read them when studying. The reason behind the destruction of this and a number of other communities was the idea of Terra Nullius was based on the concept of an empty land – they fudged the empty by saying the land wasn’t developed in a way that Europeans recognised and was therefore not being used so – Empty.

    Anthropological papers written by members of the Royal Botanical Society highlighting different types of indigenous culture was not what Briton wanted as it would in the eyes of the world make the occupation of Australia illegal. At that time it was so newly settled that a contention could have been made by the French or the Spanish if such documents appeared.

    Now ignoring all that let us for just a moment address the breathtaking arrogance that assumes your ideal of culture or development or history is the defining definition of such on the world stage. Deriding what you don’t appreciate or understand only lessons yourself and using such base arguments leads me to believe that you truly know little to nothing of the topic and have no real desire to learn lest you be forced to change your mind.

    Don’t worry – I wouldn’t bother trying however I would suggest in the future not leaving your ass so far out in the wind – it is not at all a pleasant experience for the rest of us.

  97. Jenni – please explain the Aboriginal culture Kieran Loveridge (convicted killer) was brought up under by his mum, uncles, aunties and cousins. The judge spent quite a few pages on his Aboriginality, but I didn’t read about whether he was initiated by his tribe. Don’t they do that anymore ????

  98. You are being deliberately disingenuous and provocative – you know the point you tried to make previously was in relation to past history and culture.

    This man’s indigenous background may have been discussed for a variety of reasons but has nothing to do with the point you were trying to prove earlier by claiming that what culture they have as a people is nothing more than a midden heap in your opinion.

  99. Very sad, but we can all be bought I suppose. Tony Abbott in parliament today > “I think Arthur Sinodios did the absolute right thing. He is a good man, he is a brave honourable man, and he is a friend and colleague of whom I am proud.” LOL.. Apparently Mr Sinodinos has been to busy being a brave honourable man to notice his $200,000 pay check, (kickback) and his 20 million dollar possible payday. Senator Arthur Sinodinos’s $200k salary kept secret from Australian Water Holdings investors, ICAC hears. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/senator-arthur-sinodinoss-20m-payday-icac/story-e6frgczx-1226857501541

  100. I went along to March in March in Newcastle, though admittedly I was late and missed the March but just got to the park where it ended. It gave me some hope to see so many people turn out all over Australia.

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