Yesterday Thumper observed that the Australian Capital Territory Network Opposing War was organising a protest against the terror laws to take place at noon, Monday 28-NOV-05, on the lawns of Parliament House (to be followed by a short march down the hill to the Attorney-General’s Department).
Well what popped into my email this afternoon but an alert (below) for an IR Laws protest for the same day! They are hoping to be done by 10.
Do you think they’ll pool a stage and PA with the terror protestors?
Friday, November 25, 2005
For immediate release
CHURCHES CALL FOR WORKPLACE JUSTICE AT MONDAY VIGIL
The Uniting Church has invited members of the public to join them in a
peaceful vigil aimed at highlighting the concern of many people of the
impact of the Government’s Industrial Relations reforms.
UnitingJustice Australia National Director, Rev. Elenie Poulos said the
Parliament House vigil had been organised by concerned Uniting Church
members to ensure the rights of all workers are protected under the
“The vigil will be peaceful, prayerful and reflective. It will not target
individual politicians or political parties, but promote careful
consideration of the significant changes in this legislation.
“Members of various church denominations will join the vigil in response to
their understandings of biblical approaches to justice, support for those
who would otherwise be disadvantaged and the responsibilities of those in
leadership. We want to send a clear message to all our political leaders
that we are deeply concerned about the impact of this legislation.
“Following a week-long Senate Inquiry where more questions were raised than
answered, it is important to remember that these proposed changes have the
potential to adversely impact the way of life many of us take for granted,”
Rev. Poulos said.
“The Australian community must have more time to consider this legislation.
We urge people of good will to join the vigil and help send a message on
behalf of the most vulnerable and low-paid workers.”
What: A mock sweat-shop to highlight the vulnerability of the lowest paid
workers under the proposed WorkChoices legislation
When: 8.00 to 10.00 am, Monday, November 28.
Where: Parliament House lawns – public entrance
Local Organising contact: Greg Smith 0432 596 293
Uniting Church national contact: Gavin Melvin, National Media and
Communication, 0417 416 674