#marchinaugust Hobart


Today I attended the Hobart march to protest against the policies of our federal government. As we are not allowed to march in the streets in Hobart the group formed in Princes Park at Battery Point and walked along the footpath and Salamanca Lawns with marshals on hand to make sure we didn’t disrupt the traffic or get run over crossing the few roads. We reached the Parliament House lawn where we were greeted by the Unions Choir singing very appropriately “Lean on Me”. Our government believes that many of us are “leaners” not “lifters”. As the song says we are all leaners sometimes  and that is how it should be. That is the Australia we want to live in.

The march was peaceful and we had four speakers with interesting things to say. We also had more music from local musicians with original songs. Protest songs are not dead! As with the previous march there was a good cross section of ages from students, families with children and older people not to mention a few dogs.

Below are some of the images from today’s march.

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Lyrics for “Lean On Me” – Bill Withers

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.

6 comments

      • Looks like the law of diminishing returns has well and truly kicked in because not only were numbers down but so to was the interest of the media. Heck not even the usual left wing bloggers have been writing much about these protests.

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      • There have been rather a lot of marches the past few months although not here in Hobart. It could be as simple as it clashed with the last round of the AFL. Anyway the passion of those who were there was not diminished. As for media, the Murdoch press didn’t pay much attention the first time!

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