Last week our government here announced the new budget and it isn’t good. Well, it is good if you are part of the minority of rich people, but basically if you are poor then it is very bad. Our daughters will be really affected by it, with rising University fees and youth unemployment very high at the moment. The Greens, another political party here, organised a rally last Sunday to #BustTheBudget, they were happening in every capital city in Australia. It was very short notice, but my husband and children wanted to go and I thought I would go too, show my support. I also thought it would be good to take the camera and get some photos.
We often think of these sort of things as being attended by the rabble of our society, but it was interesting to see people of all walks of life. Children, parents, students, older people, every one was represented I think.
I don’t want to be political here, this isn’t the place, but it was a great experience to go there with the camera and see what I could get. There were lots of other photographers there, but they were all standing on the sidelines taking photos, whereas I was right in the thick of it, so to speak. It wasn’t easy, I am a short person and well under the average height, so I had to stick my camera up in the air many times to get any descent photos.
I am just going to put them in a gallery for you now. We started out front of the State Library, the crowd just seemed to get bigger and bigger. There were speakers, there were unplanned speeches, then we walked from the State Library to Federation Square. I am always amazed at how friendly people can be during times like this. It was a great march. Did it do any good? Time will tell.