Thousands of Australians took to the streets over the weekend for ‘March in March’, a series of protests across the country, against a number of Federal Government policies.
Asylum seekers. Gay marriage. Climate change. Education reform. Logging. The National broadband Network. Media ownership. The people who took to the streets were not united by any one single issue – except that they were united by their frustration with the current government’s overall policy approach.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott was asked about the protests taking place in Australia’s capital cities today, but replied that, “My understanding is that the only big rally in Sydney is the St Patrick’s Day parade. That is the big event in Sydney today. I wish all of them well. If their parade is rained on, there is always some Guinness available around the city.”
The Labor Party has distanced itself from the rally, with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten telling reporters, “But I do get that people want to express their views. It’s a free country,” he said. On Monday, the protesters plan to visit Parliament House in Canberra and deliver a motion of no confidence.
These are some of the (rather brilliant) signs and placards spotted at the March in March protests.