We got a government who took power by lying to us, and now they are paying the price. On this, the anniversary of the lie, we have seen over two thousand hit Canberra to express their anger at what we are being led towards.
Mr Abbott warmly greeted truck driver Troy “Grover” Logan, who walked for nine days from Albury on the NSW-Victorian border to attend the rally, which is being held on the first parliamentary sitting day after the winter recess.
“Judge people by the effort they put in,” Mr Abbott said.
“I walked in from my office 500 metres away … this man has walked all the way from Albury.
“He is doing the hard yards for our democracy.”
Too right. This bloke is a champion.
Within a few days, we are going to see another demonstration of people power, when the Convoy of No-confidence converges on Canberra from all over the country. It’s going to be a sight to behold, and I’m wondering if they’ll be parking on the lawn of parliament house.
No doubt that there are going to be politicians and journalists trying to delegitimise not only the protesters, but Tony Abbott for his involvement. Sure, there have been some signs that haven’t been all that polite, but they can’t escape the central message of this occasion, by labelling ordinary Australians as “extremists” or influenced by “right-wing shock jocks” (said Laurie Oakes).
One sign makes a poignant point. “YOUR JOB IS NOT SAFE EITHER JULIA”.
People aren’t even having to make their way to Canberra to voice their disapproval, either. By all accounts, the offices of Gillard and Greg Combet have been inundated with returned Clean Energy Future pamphlets.
While the government arrogantly pushes on with this carbon tax, the Australian people have shown their overwhelming sense of betrayal and indignation. They can only stall democracy until 2013 at the latest, then it will hit them like a tonne of bricks.