Demonstrations have been held across the country denouncing the administration of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
In Sydney, placards suggesting that Prime Minister Tony Abbott has a hotline to Satan and others denouncing the illuminati and global weather conspiracies have been waved at a protest in Sydney.
In Melbourne, a large protest moved down Swanston Street and into Bourke Street, with demonstrators expressing their anger at a range of policies but especially the focus on a car tunnel ahead of public transport.
There were similar, albeit smaller, demonstrators across the country, with those attending being a cross-section of the Prime Minister’s enemies, including unionists, environmentalists, advocates of same sex marriage and more extreme socialist groups.
At the Sydney protest, hundreds of people attended the March in March event, which was held near Central Station on Sunday. It’s purpose, primarily to criticise the federal government’s stance on just about everything.
British singer Billy Bragg gave a tub-thumping speech about equality and fairness, while protesters held a colourful array of placards commenting on major political issues ranging from asylum policies, indigenous welfare to shark culls.
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Other placards had a pop at the shadowy illuminati.
Another suggested that the weather is being controlled by America’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP).
Mr Abbott was also attacked, with one placard featuring a picture of him on the telephone with the caption “hello Satan?”
Another branded him the “minister for ditch the witch”, a reference to slogans aimed at former Labor prime minister Julia Gillard during 2012’s carbon tax protests.
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Bragg and others took aim at mining baron Gina Rinehart over her recent call for Australia to adopt Thatcherite policies.
But he said “cynicism” was the real enemy.
“The true enemy is not actually capitalism or Conservatism – it’s cynicism,” he told the crowd.
“It’s the cynicism that we see in the right-wing press, it’s the cynicism we see on the internet.
“It’s the amount of bile that appears on the internet when anyone makes a political point – particularly vile attacks on Twitter to intelligent young women expressing an opinion.”
The rain eased and Bragg raised spirits further with a few songs, before the crowd took off for a march through Sydney CBD, placards and umbrellas firmly in hand.