Image from March in March.
On this episode we do a recap of the Australia-wide March in March against the Abbott government. We discuss the international coverage of the marches, the lack of Australian media coverage, the positives of bringing a diverse range of issues together, and the next steps for the movement.
We have an interview with Nicola Paris from Counteract about the Summary Offences Act – a new anti-protest bill introduced in Victoria. She discusses activists being removed from parliament as the bill is introduced, how the laws have been introduced in reaction to successful direct action campaigns including the #tunnelpicket actions and anti-coal seam gas mining protests, and the importance of direct action in bringing about change. Nicola is interviewed by Karun Cowper and Alex Whisson from Indymedia and Occupy Perth.
The episode features Katie calling her local Liberal Senator’s office, challenging their use of the term “illegal boats” in relation to asylum seekers. She is informed that the UK is landlocked and the UN just has a sad at everyone. Also covered is the upcoming federal Senate re-election in Western Australia, how now we’ll be accused of being un-Western Australian, as well as un-Australian, Federal Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce claims Australia is a classless society, our how-to-vote for the election, Newtown High students question Abbott and join the March in March, Abbott wants knights and dames re-introduced to Australia, and horizontal dancing.
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9 News ‘Thousands Gather for March in March Protest’, Wil Wagner ‘Bicycles, Muscles, Ciggarettes’, Aria McCarthy-Lochner ‘Tony Abbott Questioned by Newtown High Students’, Austin Powers, ABC Fact Check ‘Tony Abbott incorrect on asylum seekers breaking Australian law’, Nicola Paris interviewed by Karun Cowper and Alex Whisson from Indymedia, Frank Turner ‘Sons of Liberty’.
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