Head to the Trades Hall Geelong, grab some posters and help the cause by putting posters up in shop windows, schools and community centres. The posters are in a pile, on the floor of the Trades Hall, to the left as you walk in, and more posters can be printed if needed.
About March Australia
There is a national march on the last weekend of August, so the March Australia - Geelong march coincides with the national march.
The March is to raise awareness of the impact of the federal budget on the people living within the Geelong community and in regional Australia. This review is not a political statement, in itself, so I will skim over the issues - even though they are huge issues and affect a lot of people. More information about what people will be marching for can be viewed on the March Australia facebook site and the March Australia - Geelong facebook site.
The March coincides with Tony Abbott's first year as Prime Minister. The marches are to highlight how people feel about Tony Abbott's first year as Prime Minister, perhaps not his most glorious year in government.
The owners of the facebook page want you to invite your friends to the march, and to make it a big event. They want the government; state, federal and local, to know that Geelong won't be taken for granted, and they want the voices of the Geelong people to be heard.
Some of the guest speakers at the rally include:
Doug Mann - MC of the event - high school teacher Bryan Eaton - former/retired scientist, CSIRO
Christine Couzens - State Labor candidate for Geelong
Lloyd Davies - State Greens upper house candidate (Western Victoria)
Rosan Chakir - Teacher, Gordon TAFE
Sarah Hathway - Community activist and Socialist Alliance candidate for Geelong
Tim Gooden - Secretary, Geelong Trades Hall
This is not the complete list of speakers. The full list will be published when it's complete.
This is a family friendly rally. March Australia - Geelong are asking people to remember this and please do not, under any circumstances, bring offensive signage to the rally.
A peaceful, family friendly march is a much more effective way to express your views to the government. In order to demand Accountability, Transparency, and Decency from the Federal Government, rally goers can show a strong, united front in a very peaceful, friendly, well behaved manner.
As already stated, this is a family friendly event. Wearing offensive t-shirts which display swear words - such as what Tony Abbott can do - get the wrong kind of attention and will only undermine the message that rally attendees are trying to get across.
Since starting to write this review, I have been scrolling through the March in Australia facebook sites. Below are a few little bits of wisdom that I have borrowed from the facebook posts.