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And we’ve got ourselves an “Occupy Canberra”

By johnboy 12 October 2011 73

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With “Occupy Wall Street” spreading as a meme across the world it was only really a matter of time.

Facebook has the home for “Occupy Canberra”.

The occupy movement is a movement which is bringing attention to a corrupt system. You see, The RBA – Reserve Bank of Australia is not any part of the government. It is a corporation set up to loan money to the Australian govt (the Australians) after they take all the Australian Income Tax. The collateral is Australian’s Income Taxes. There is more connected to the RBA. it’s our Central Bank, but not a bank. It doesn’t do transactions, doesn’t provide ATMs, doesn’t have retail store fronts, or public staff. It sets the interest rate for the Banks, yet it takes over 60-80% of the interest of this country’s mortgages. And yes, remember the banks charge 1-2% on top of the ‘Reserve Rate’. Banks provide valuable services. What does this Australian corporation provide? And where does this debt collected money go? Not to the government. It flows the other way…

UPDATE: The RBA rant has gone from their info page and this is now what it’s about:

Firstly:

I think it’s important to add that people gather together in this group for all different reasons, as this movement has no leader and is grassroot movement. There will be many different views but we are here to respect one another, care for and show positivity toward each other and the group. We will stand together in Solidarity 🙂

With that being said here is a short intro on the way many people view this (but note this is only ONE view of many)

We face the same problems with our democracy here in Canberra and Australia as people face in most other developed nations. It is unwell. It’s not functioning how it’s supposed to be functioning. Our elected representatives no longer represent their constituents, instead their ears are turned by wealthy lobby groups, whilst the common interests of the people they were elected to represent, are ignored. Some levels of our government are also rife with corruption.

It’s time our elected representatives actually started representing the 99% of the population who don’t have enormous wealth and political influence. Who suffer the social, economic and environmental consequences of corporate greed. Who work to generate enormous wealth for a mere 1% of the population.

Inspired by the actions of those striving for democracy in all parts of the world including the United States. From these events, “Occupy Together”, a global social movement for real democracy, has grown. It is from this global movement that Occupy Canberra has grown. Our occupation will commence at Capital Hill on October 15 at 2:30 PM so it’s time for everyone to bring a sleeping bag/tent, some books and food.

It also appears to be moving to City Hill.

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Bmarx 5:29 pm 17 Oct 11

Also an observation is that they changed they’re info page from the original one in the post.
It now reads

“Occupy Canberra is a protest taking place at City Hill on Oct 15th. (Tomorrow!) The general consensus stands against social injustice in the world today that has been a direct result of corporate greed and multinationals power who have created issues as diverse as assassination, torture, kidnapping, environmental degradation, abusing public funds, violently repressing political rights, releasing toxins into pristine environments, destroying homes, discrimination, and causing widespread health problems.

Along with these social injustices the 1% financial elite are also responsible for the global financial collapse which is occurring, through they’re reliance of debt and the manipulative use of central banks such as the Australian federal reserve.

In 2008 The Global Financial Crisis occurred and Australia escaped comparatively unscathed but right now as we continue to see banks bailed out for making poor risky business choices we can also see an asset price bubble just waiting to burst as real estate is drastically overpriced.

The Occupy movement is a grassroots movement and is one driven by the politics of the community. The creation of the movement was natural and spontaneous as people were inspired from recent protests on wall street.

The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City sets a clear agenda for what should be driving the Canberra and Australia-wide movement.

http://www.occupywallst.org/forum/first-official-release-from-occupy-wall-street/

The Occupation will be on City Hill, attracting the attention of by-standers and cars on the busy city road and uniting in solidarity. Please bring along warm clothes, some books, torches, camping gear and food.

Location:
City Hill on October 15 at 2:30 PM so it’s time for
everyone to bring a sleeping bag/tent, some books and food.”

Interesting to see where they are going with all this.

Bmarx 5:26 pm 17 Oct 11

tallpoppy said :

did any of these people ever pick up an economics textbook….ever? these people clearly don’t know a damn thing about the RBA’s function. what a joke!

The ownership of the RBA is not so material – its function is the same as the Fed, which to to bastardize money supply and thereby bastardize interest rates. Banks have equity ratios of 5% unlike most corporates which have 50-60% equity in their capital structure. Banks are also hopelessly illiquid. This stupidity stems from the belief in the multiplier and the belief that banks should transmit fiscal and monetary policy. Banks have a rediscount window with the RBA and can borrow from it. Banks are heavily regulated and heavily subsidized (over here with Govt guarantees as well) and heavily protected both from insolvency and from bank runs. We need to end both the subsidies and the regulations.

damien haas 5:06 pm 17 Oct 11

tallpoppy said :

damien haas said :

Apparently the melbourne version of this also ‘occupied’ a Max Brenner. They posted an ‘eviction notice’ on it.

is that because it started in israel?

Id guess that the whole ‘occupy’ movement has been hijacked by the usual suspects and their predicatable grab bag of complaints and enemies to be blamed for all mankinds ills. Anti-semitism is normal to these morons.

tallpoppy 4:30 pm 17 Oct 11

damien haas said :

Apparently the melbourne version of this also ‘occupied’ a Max Brenner. They posted an ‘eviction notice’ on it.

is that because it started in israel?

tallpoppy 4:29 pm 17 Oct 11

did any of these people ever pick up an economics textbook….ever? these people clearly don’t know a damn thing about the RBA’s function. what a joke!

damien haas 10:08 pm 16 Oct 11

Apparently the melbourne version of this also ‘occupied’ a Max Brenner. They posted an ‘eviction notice’ on it.

LSWCHP 7:17 pm 16 Oct 11

Yep. These people have Just Grounds for being upset. And confused.

poetix 10:35 am 16 Oct 11

I-filed said :

“SO WE MOVED ON and decided to triumphantly march on to the city. Armed with our voices and signs of protest we headed to Garema place and shortly over to the water fountain where several of us made our presence heard with a loud-speaker.

“Nicholas”

Surely this must be ironic? ‘Triumphantly march on to the city’ makes them sound like Napoleon and the Grande Armée entering Moscow. Although Napoleon found that the natives were largely absent too. Admittedly, there was less burning going on in Canberra on Saturday.

Waiting For Godot 9:32 am 16 Oct 11

Chop71 said :

Convoy

The left wing version

I-filed 7:37 pm 15 Oct 11

HD for spin! Particularly the bit about it being too dangerous to camp after all …… I can think of a politician or two who could have treated Occupy Canberra as something of a draft camp – if it had happened!

“Wow what a productive day! So everyone arrived today at City Hill at 2:30 PM and introduced themselves along with they’re reasons for coming. Two different media groups arrived, took some short interviews and footage. All up we had about 25 – 35 people who brought along awesome signs for protest.

“About 5 of us brought tents but due to that small number we decided it would be unreasonable to occup…y as we could easily be out numbered, fined or arrested.

“SO WE MOVED ON and decided to triumphantly march on to the city. Armed with our voices and signs of protest we headed to Garema place and shortly over to the water fountain where several of us made our presence heard with a loud-speaker.

“In only one weeks time entirely over Facebook we have managed to gather enough support to get the attention of the Canberra times, ABC and other news groups. We stood today, gathered in solidarity to represent the 99%, our beliefs our values and to display courage.

“Because of us Australia can not say Canberra was the only state to not launch a protest.

“And for that we each did an amazing job. I want you all to give yourselves a pat on the back because you succeeded in demonstrating a peaceful protest.

“And for it we did some awesome work.
“Well done Canberra,

“(I will also keep everyone updated on the attendance list so keep an eye out for this page)

“Nicholas”

Eirlys 12:52 pm 15 Oct 11

I agree with Johnboy, they don’t understand the point of the American protests and have been taken over by Larouche conspiracists

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