Protesters give up on High court, move to Parliament House.

Thumper 3 February 2009 16

Apparently not content with invading the High Court, at least a dozen protesters have now given it to Rudd in during the first parliamentary question time of the year by screaming “Stop the intervention, human rights for all” from the public gallery.

The protesters also chanted the slogans “Shame ALP” and “Reinstate the RDA”, referring to the Racial Discrimination Act.

Security guards took several minutes to remove the protesters from the public gallery.


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canberracapital canberracapital 11:48 pm 08 Feb 09

I am a security guard at Parliament House. Thankyou to those who have praised our efforts on riotACT. Like ‘Ags’ said, 20 protestors against 10 security. When it gets to that sort of situation it is all hands on deck. One of our officers nearly got knocked out, and a few suffered minor injuries. Thankfully, no one was too badly hurt. This was not the right way to get their point across. If any single one of those protestors, even starts walking up the PH forecourt, then they are already under surveillance. CCTV footage of the protestors have been released to all Security and AFP officers. They have no chance!!!

Starscream Starscream 7:04 am 05 Feb 09

stop ttrolling, dexi.

Overheard Overheard 11:50 pm 04 Feb 09

Ags said :

To be honest I don’t know what they were protesting about but I am sure there are more civil ways of getting a point across. I don’t think it gives their cause any merit.

Oh, please.

Reminds me of when the anti-Iraq protests were at their height and a conservative acquaintance at the time was so irate that they were taking such visible action.

‘Surely they could just write letters to the editor?’

Yeah, that’ll work.

So many armchair commentators get all bent out of shape over people they (often mistakenly) label as hippies, ferals (no apostrophe, Einstein), red-raggers, commies, etc.

My God, you blinkered fools. Have a think, no, I mean it: a serious think, about what this world would be like if there were no protestors chaining themselves to bulldozers, or protesting outside G8 summits, or ringing Parliament House, or calling for tools down, we’re all out, and so on and so on.

I love that I live in a country/society that allows this to happen, and as a logical extension, allows for people to bellow from the ramparts or the shop floor or the blog site: ‘It’s not fair, it’s not right, and I’m not gonna take it anymore’.

And/or sing about it. Preferably both.

Would you want to live in a world where you can’t? (Protest, that is. Singing is optional.)

Anyway, part of that freedom is for you to trumpet your shallowness and narrow-mindedness, so as you were. What were you saying about how feral’s (sic) should be having a bath, a shave and getting a proper job?

johnboy johnboy 11:13 pm 04 Feb 09

Passy said :

Dexi

Just accept that RiotAct is by and large a festival of reaction.

At least it keeps them off the streets and their masturbatory stereotyping keeps them self-indulgently happy.

If you feel that way Passy I suggest you find some other outlet to publish you.

Passy Passy 10:29 pm 04 Feb 09

Dexi

Just accept that RiotAct is by and large a festival of reaction.

At least it keeps them off the streets and their masturbatory stereotyping keeps them self-indulgently happy.

Ags Ags 6:11 pm 04 Feb 09

Dexi, so many questions!!!!

If it looks like a dog and barks like a dog, it’s most likely is a dog.

If knowing what type of ferals they were is important to you, then maybe you should go down to the tent ambassy and make your own assessment.

I have had numerous encounters with the tent embassy residents and it’s a shame that these ‘ferals’ made the rest look uncivilized. I am not talking about ‘white mans’ civilised, but the genuine spirit within.

dexi dexi 3:07 pm 04 Feb 09

I always thought the feral’s came from forest protesters who camped in the bush for months on end. Thus the bushy smell and dirty state. They do this to protect old growth forests. At times they come to town to lend a hand. Unfortunately sitting back in the bush and collecting the dole is more difficult to do today. Most have to finance themselves.

Were they ferals or did they just smell like ferals?
Were they hippies who smelled like ferals?
Were they welfare cheats with bad hygiene?
Did I miss a stereo-typical protester?

Its important we know what kind of bums were there.

Ags Ags 2:20 pm 04 Feb 09

Dexi. The main ingrediant wasn’t smoke but it may have been in the mix. . Here is my “how to smell like a feral” home recipe.

1. Throw away your soap, toothbrush and hair brush. You won’t be needing those ever again. (at least they are saving water?)

2. Shoes are optional, but if you do wear them, never take them off, even when you go to bed.

3. Now just sit back, collect dole money and let time do its thing.

Now you might think that I don’t like ferals. THIS IS NOT TRUE. By brother is one spaced out hippie. (i just dont kiss him at christmas)

I judge each person individually according to his or her words and actions. Hence why I was not impressed by the protest.

Cheers.
I

dexi dexi 1:27 pm 04 Feb 09

“To be honest I don’t know what they were protesting about but I am sure there are more civil ways of getting a point across. I don’t think it gives their cause any merit. Most of the people doing the ranting were smelly ferals who came along for the ride.”

You can’t call them smelly feral’s and expect them to be civilised.

What did they smell of?
Was it fire smoke?

Ags Ags 12:25 pm 04 Feb 09

I was there and I thought it was discraceful. Matilda House would be ashamed.
To be honest I don’t know what they were protesting about but I am sure there are more civil ways of getting a point across. I don’t think it gives their cause any merit. Most of the people doing the ranting were smelly ferals who came along for the ride.
Think about it, 20 screaming, thrashing ferals against 10 security guards. Great job.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 11:01 am 04 Feb 09

Hansard recorded it simply:

An incident having occurred in the gallery—

The SPEAKER—Order!

Mr Laming interjecting—

The SPEAKER—The member for Bowman will
withdraw that remark.

Mr Laming—I withdraw unreservedly.

The SPEAKER—I suggest that, given the events in
the gallery, the member should reflect on the fact that
things come and go. Let’s just settle down. The restoration
of order in the galleries suffices the purposes of
the House. Any comments that reflect on the disturbance
are not very helpful.

jakez jakez 9:09 am 04 Feb 09

captainwhorebags said :

dexi: there’s no middle ground in democracy? Explosives or acquiesance?

I think we both know that is a complete misrepresentation of dexi’s statement. dexi is clearly saying that the actions of the protesters represents the middle ground between explosives or acquiescence. Far be it from claiming that there are only two extremes, dexi is advocating not only that this action represents the middle ground but also that this middle ground is better than the two extremes.

Personally I think the protesters did a great service to the nation. By distracting the parliament for a few minutes, that’s a few minutes less that the parliament can hurt us.

captainwhorebags captainwhorebags 8:28 am 04 Feb 09

dexi: there’s no middle ground in democracy? Explosives or acquiesance?

dexi dexi 8:07 am 04 Feb 09

“And the value of the exercise was? …”

If you don’t know then you have not been paying attention. The value is in the message the media reports.

Would you prefer the use of explosives or just to roll over and except what is being said and done?

trevar trevar 7:45 am 04 Feb 09

Security guards? Several minutes? Must be a record.

Aleximus Aleximus 6:19 am 04 Feb 09

And the value of the exercise was? …

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