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by CassandraJoy (subscribe)
I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Hold hands with the earth
Hold hands with the earth

On Saturday August 30th at 12.00 noon join in the March Australia - Geelong March.

How can you support this rally?

Posters for the March are available at Geelong Trades Hall, 127 Myers Street, Geelong. Tim Gooden has generously printed the posters in support of the March Australia - Geelong rally.
March Australia - Geelong
March Australia - Geelong

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.
March Australia March Melbourne
March Australia March Melbourne

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.
Apex Sculpture, Johnstone Park Geelong
Apex Sculpture, Johnstone Park Geelong

"How terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the man thats wise."

"It shouldn't be about "Left" vs "Right". It should be about what's right, versus what's wrong. The budget and its attack on the most vulnerable in our society is definitely wrong."

So attend the rallies, march for your rights, be shown, be counted, and be peaceful!
Johnstone Park Geelong
Johnstone Park Geelong

March in Geelong - Johnstone Park 30th August 2014 - 12.00 noon

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Why? march for your rights
When: 12.00 noon
Where: Johnstone Park, Geelong
Cost: free
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