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#BUSTTHEBUDGET?

On the eve of the #BustTheBudget rallys around Australia, this is a good analysis of the pros and cons of protest marches, strike action, and electoral change. This is a conversation we need to have. We need to mobilise smarter and find new ways to effect change in government policy.

The Word From Struggle Street

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Two facts:

1)   The Coalition’s first budget is an intensified assault on the living conditions of the vast majority of people in Australia

2)   This assault has generated more opposition and anger than any element of the political class expected or feels comfortable about.

The budget aims to establish the infrastructure state which via encouraging the sale of state assets hopes to generate sufficient funds to create enough effective demand to offset the end of the mining boom; the budget is an attempt to address the rising sovereign debt (caused be the rise in expenditure and drop in revenue due to the global, secular not cyclical, crisis of capitalism) by pushing more of the costs (in both money and labour) of reproduction onto the wage and into the home; and despite (still slowly) rising unemployment the budget attempts to increase the supply of labour through restricting welfare payments, increasing…

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President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.

2 Comments on #BUSTTHEBUDGET?

  1. I attended the Sydney #BustTheBudget rally today, and as usual was buoyed by the attendance of many thousands of people, workers, families, and friends. If nothing else these events highlight what is happening, and start conversations in the community. Still, I think we need to use that momentum and keep building that conversation into something more……

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  2. Hi Darin, thanks for sharing this. It looks like there was some disparities between different cities. Brisbane was a fairly small (less than 1000) and in my opinion a pretty dispiriting affair.

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