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by Julia Wakefield (subscribe)
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March in March
March in March, Adelaide

March in March 2014 is a people's movement set up to encourage the community to come together in huge numbers and have their voices heard. The March in March attracted thousands of marchers in every city in Australia, but critics felt that nothing was achieved other than a general expression of discontent with the current government. Well if that was all it achieved, the fact that people are still marching three months later might give a hint of the growing feeling of dissatisfaction that is being voiced in every sector of our relatively affluent, comfortable society.

In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, Age cartoonist Michael Leunig was asked how he thought Australia was faring under the Liberal Government. His reply was:

"I think Australia's mood and morale have worsened considerably. The actions of the Government are harsh and its demeanour has been appalling. Citizens are mostly able to understand and bear tough measures but they cannot abide administrative bad faith and leadership that engages so obviously in bullying and antagonistic culture war against much of the population.

The sense of autocracy, corruption and overbearing male authoritarianism is palpable and, of course, people don't like it. It is evident that the Government refuses to embrace the whole of society with warmth, compassion and magnanimity. The wealth divide is growing alarmingly. The sectarian tough guy political culture has never been so narrow, immature, emotionally retarded or so dysfunctional - and it is all so utterly boring, unimaginative and colourless.
The people of Australia are mostly lovelier, saner and wiser than the Government."

That may be what the marches are all about. Whether the current government's policies are negatively affecting them or not, many people are simply asking for a better code of behaviour from our political leaders. The rift between Canberra and the people it serves is steadily widening, and the people are looking for ways to tell their Government how they feel.

This time, the March in July has a very real agenda: People are being asked to demand the new Senate blocks the Budget. The new Senate has its first sitting day on the 7th of July, so it will be asked to do the job it was elected to do, that is to represent and be the voice of the Australian people.

Everyone who agrees with this demand will be meeting at Victoria Square and marching to Parliament House on Sunday July 6.

The March will begin at 12 noon sharp, so marchers are advised to assemble by 11.30.

For more info and to spread the word, go to the March in July Facebook Event Page.

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Why? Join the march and make your views heard
When: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Where: Victoria Square, Adelaide 5000
Cost: Free
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