The first Yellow Vest protests have begun in Capital cities and some regional towns. Attendance has been quite low in the first week, which has led to some people expressing their frustration, also lamenting the fact that there has been no mainstream media coverage.
I was part of the Occupy Melbourne protest in late 2011, which, surprisingly (not) protested the same thing : banking, corporate and political corruption. Plenty of fringe elements there , but few people from the mainstream. Kept going for two months at the time, then Christmas came and it never recovered, although people were involved in a variety of protests afterwards, the weekly Free Shop/Free Kitchen at City Square corner being the most visible.
We protested the imprisonment of Bradley Manning ( who was pardoned) The TPP, which has been scaled down and abandoned by the US, Monsanto ,and staged a mock- funeral for the career of Robert Doyle, the Melbourne Mayor responsible for the OM evictions. (He left in disgrace a few years ago) We tried to help Julian Assange, which so far has not worked, but I’m sure he was glad of the support coming from Melbourne
Most Australians are like a slow boiled frog : wages have not gone up in 20 odd years, house prices through the roof, unfettered immigration and foreign ownership , corporates not paying tax ….but people are still managing, somewhat …or maybe they are not and think it’s their fault. Maybe things have not come to a head as they have in France or maybe we are too laid back? By and large, people still do not understand what is going on, it’s too abstract for the average person unless there is an enormous housing/employment crisis.
The Occupy movement was unsustainable, as an ongoing camp proved a logistic nightmare on top of the ongoing police evictions.
The Yellow vest movement may have a chance because of the hi-vis vests and protests on weekend so wage-slaves can attend, going into autumn and winter when protesting is a lot easier than in the heat. I would give it at least 6 months and don’t worry about the mainstream media at this stage.
I understand the frustration of lack of numbers but without the Occupy movement, small as individual protests may have been, we would not be having this conversation right now. It takes years to change things.
Event Details for Yellow Vest Australia Gatherings on 19/01/19 (In no particular order)
Melbourne: 12pm Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria
Ballarat: 11am Ballarat Bridge Mall, Sturt St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350
Sydney: 11am Starts at George Street Town Hall and finishes at Macquarie St Martin Place
Cairns: 11am Cairns Central, 1-21 McLeod Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia 4870
Whitsunday: 11am Pioneer Park, Proserpine, Queensland
Brisbane: 11am Emma Miller Place, Roma St, Brisbane, Queensland,
Townsville: 11am TBA
Canberra: 12pm Parliament House,
Gold Coast: 11am Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve, Guineas Creek Rd, Gold Coast, Queensland 4221
Sunshine Coast: 1pm Moolooloaba Esplanade.
Adelaide: 12pm Victoria Square
Perth: 10am Parliament of Western Australia, Harvest Terrace, Perth, Western Australia 6005
Bribie Island: 12pm Bribie Island National Park, Bongaree, Queensland
Lismore: Oakes Oval, 144 Magellan St, Lismore, New South Wales 2480
All gatherings are peaceful events. No anti-social behaviour or violence will be tolerated. Remember, this is a family-friendly social movement that is NOT left or right, it is a platform for ALL Australians to come together to create a better future for ourselves and our children.
If you don’t align with this, then you are NOT part of the Australian Yellow Vest Alliance.
A recent carbon tax disguised as a fuel tax sparked riots which have grown in size to threaten the government. Rioters are wearing the yellow jackets required to be kept in all cars for emergencies. France may be only days or weeks away from the government being overthrown by popular opposition. The yellow jackets have ignored the traditional routes of politicians, trade unions and professional protest groups and simply taken to the streets. Fire fighter an d ambulance workers have joined the protesters and police are wavering in loyalty. President Macron will not be in office much longer.
One hour and 18 minutes of your time to find out how the British empire morphed into the the City of London banking and money laundering empire, ruling over the UK as secret corporate government.
I can’t wait until an international leader gets the ‘official’ nickname wrong, like a president Trunbull moment.
or do you like this one better?
I’m not sue if doing parodies of Australian government departments was created here or somewhere else, but they have certainly gained the attention of the Australian government which made such memes illegal unless clearly for satirical purposes. So in other words if you don’t share the same sense of humor as someones else you can go to jail. Just an extension of offending delicate snowflakes being is a crime.
Juice media have been running their own parody of the Australian government logo, so we decided to culturally appropriate that, they may have originally culturally appropriated that from us or someone else ( ❤ its a circle of love ❤ ).
Funnily enough the Australia government has an official coat of arms which for reasons too long to explain here (Treason, silent coup, Australia Act 1986, Royal Style and Titles Act 1953, 1973 etc) is no longer used.
So in effect the government itself is breaking the law it just made.
Maybe we should just say “We are not amused”.
Sign the petition here, act before 5pm Monday September 10.
In case the YouTube video is disappeared in a giant black maria, and sent off to a digital gulag, we have another copy right here:
The reason the Australian government will abuse this legislation is the lack of a bill of right here, its time to start lobbying for a bill of rights.
14 Injured in Melbourne’s commuter center of Flinders Street adjacent to Flinders Street station, Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street after Islamic terror attack ( car driven into pedestrians). Being 100 meters from a police station did not prevent this from occurring.
Clues seem to be hiding in plain sight.
If you prevent Ramavan from occurring, its Islamophobic isn’t it?
Fixing imaginary problems like sexism attracts real problems that are not being dealt with.
People who would not be injured if we had a serious conversation about Islam in the West.
Mental health issues were cited as the root cause of the terror attack, we have discovered which mental health issues they were.
Bollards did not help either, there were outside Southern cross (Spencer street) Station following the Bourke street attack.
More and more Australian are leaving major centers see then as being unsafe places to live, filled with methamphetamines, car-jackings, muggings, murders, home invasions, African and Middle Eastern crime gangs and of course ‘mental health problems’. The system has its head in the sand too busy counting its money.
John English: loses a second election for National!
Jacinda Ardern: a big mouth will only get you so far!
Winston Peters: The hottest senior citizen in the country right now!
Northland: New high speed monorail from Whangarei to Auckland announced.
The parties (From most right wing to most left wing.)
ACT (1 seat)
If Toorak had its own party, it would be ACT. It’s about as far right as can be electable. ACT got to a maximum of 5 members and then crumbled on internal scandals. ACT are the party for greedy people who never worked for it.
National (58 seats)
Basically the same as the Liberal-National coalition though probably with more focus on the Nationals side. Has been in power for 3 terms, taking power away from <deepest voice possible > Helen Clark. National are notionally pro-farmer and pro-business, though since the 80’s this has generally meant big farm and big business, though in effect they pander to foreign non-resident investors which created a housing and immigration bubble.
New Zealand First aka NZF ( 9 seats) and Winston Peters kingmaker of the day
A center right nationalist/populist party formed for the cult of personality of Winston peters. Peters entered parliament in 1979 and was only out from 2008-2011. At 72 he’s the oldest person in the NZ parliament. The party was formed as a result of Peters public disagreement with the National government policies in 1990-1992, a party that refused to let him stand again in his seat. He forced a by-election as an independent and then at the next election he won with his fledgling party. The parties support has fluctuated over the years and even went to zero seat in the 2008-2011 period. Peters is a canny political survivor and his consistent issues have been cutting immigration better treatment for retirees ( a segment he enjoys huge support from) and the country’s economic problems.
Labour (45 seats)
More or less the same as the ALP, though the last time they were in power they governed without increasing government debt. Previously had supply and confidence with NZF from 2005-2008 allowing them a third term.
Greens (7 seats)
Just like the Australian greens closet Marxists with a few sane people thrown in to make it look electable. Competes with labour for the same voters but the Greens tends to the target the younger and more naïve voter. Greens lost a lot of support for suggesting reducing the immigrant numbers, what bigots!
The possible outcomes (deja vu)
This will be the third time Winston peters has held the balance of power and been the king maker for a NZ government, the next weeks will be filled with intense negotiations with Labour and National so see what positions in caucus his party might get and what policies can be agreed on.
The first ex-wife
ACT, Nationals long time flunky would be jettisoned as irrelevant and National would have the numbers but at what cost? NZF’s flagship issue immigration might be an easy concession as immigration numbers are said to be naturally deceasing. But after 20 years of immigration flooding is it too late to prevent the damage from mass immigration?
The second ex-wife
Labour (with nasty neighbour greens)
A minority government option with greens either offering supply and confidence or abstaining from no-confidence votes. Jacinda Ardern might be willing to do anything to get power and end Nationals 3 term government.
The second ex-wife with menage a tois angry sex
Labour with greens
The more complex option attempting to wrangle policy with 2 leftist partners who are sometimes at odds with each other sometimes trying to claim credit for conceiving and/or implementing the same ideas. This seems less likely given that NZF generally dislikes the Greens as much as it dislikes ACT seeing both as too extreme.
The Maori party completely removed from government with all its seats taken by Laobur. Now no political party exists that specifically represents Maoris despite there being 7 dedicated Maori seats in parliament .
Gareth Morgan’s TOP party received 0.2% of the party vote; apparently 8000 NZ voters don’t know how highly this former reserve bank economist spoke of North Korea when he did a motorcycle tour there.
Winston Peters held his election party in Russel, close to the original site of the first New Zealand government Kororareka. Yet another deja vu.
NZ’s MMP electoral system is similar to how the Australian senate is formed. This system is supposed to be more representative of the will of the people and is meant to give more voice to smaller parties. But in the end MMP gives more power to political parties, who in the end often decide who is going to be the government not the voters.
The most interesting entrails
The most interesting part about this election? On the quiet the reserve bank might be a casualty. From NZF’s website:
My favorite band, Deja Voodoo, they probably sound familiar.