Approximately 2000 rallyers gathered in Steyne Park at Double Bay in Sydney’s east to demand definitive action on climate change by Australia’s major political parties.
In Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s electorate of Wentworth — and just around the headland from the PM’s own private residence in Point Piper — those assembled heard from a number of speakers who gave their own impressions on the effects of climate change generally, but also with a particular focus to the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland.
The most recent El Nino weather pattern to hit Australia has resulted in about 22% of the reef being bleached white due to high water temperatures.
All speakers urged for bipartisan action on climate change, saying the stakes were too great for politics to get in the way of action now urgently needed.
Former Liberal Party leader Dr John Hewson saying it’s time the major parties took a bipartisan approach to the climate change crisis.
Dr Michael Borgus, a scientist working for the CSIRO, talks about funding cuts and staff shrinkages at the organisation.
Dr Kate Charlesworth speaking about many of the dangers to society and individual health as a result of climate change.
Dive operator Tony Fontes speaks about the effect of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef.
The assembled crowd holding coloured coral cutouts to simulate the Great Barrier Reef.
The crowd displays the white side of their coral cutouts to show the effects of coral bleaching, exacerbated by climate change.
As Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s popularity continues to fall, thousands took to the streets in numerous cities and towns around the country today to protest against many of the Liberal/National policies which have been announced so far.
Hyde Park in Sydney was the venue for that city’s March In August event.
Following on from the successful March In March rally held across Australia, people gathered in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane to once again voice their anger at the Abbott government.
This time, though, there was the annual budget to consider. After Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey announced a swathe of cuts to spending in order to try bringing the budget back into surplus, the government has been suffering a vocal backlash.
A large crowd gathered in Belmore Park in downtown Sydney today to hear from speakers who detailed what these spending cuts could mean to students, retirees, the unemployed, disabled people, and Aboriginal people.
Following the speeches, protesters marched along Broadway towards Victoria Park.
At Railway Square near Central Station, students held a spontaneous sit-down demonstration to highlight their disagreement with proposed cuts to education and deregulation of university fees. Some students were forcibly removed by police before a “stand-off” which lasted about half an hour.
Approximately 12,000 protesters came together at Belmore Park in Sydney today to voice their displeasure at the policies of Tony Abbott’s government.
Speaking out against the mistreatment of asylum seekers, media ownership concentration, the government’s refusal to recognise same sex marriage and other issues, the protesters joined others across Australia who demonstrated in other cities and towns in a national weekend of action
Thunder and rain threatened to disrupt the Sydney event, but the crowd remained and then grew when the weather cleared.
Billy Bragg at March In March rally, Sydney, Australia
After speeches from Cat Rose, Wendy Bacon and others as well as three songs and a speech from singer and activist Billy Bragg, the crowd made their way along Broadway to Victoria Park amid cheers from pedestrians and car horn honks of support from passing motorists.