"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.