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Save the planet with a human chain – Parliament House protest

By poptop 10 January 2009 56

Stray mentioned this protest earlier, but details have now been posted out; so here they are.

    Subject: Feeling let down by Kevin Rudd on climate change?

    If you are wondering what kind of future your children will face, in light of the lack of leadership by the Federal Government on climate change, you are not alone.

    http://www.climatesummit.org.au/

    Join hundreds of other Australians forming a human chain around Australian Parliament House on the first sitting day of Parliament on Tuesday 3rd February 2009. [ED – Anyone got a time?]

    It is time to send a strong message to the Government that we will not accept weak targets that guarantee the destruction of our natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef.

    Come make this a historic community demonstration. We will gather at 8am on the lawn in front of Parliament House before forming a human circle around the Parliament. Once we’ve held a press conference and the helicopter has taken the aerial photos, we will gather nearby for a picnic lunch and celebration of our people power. Speakers will include Greens Senator Bob Brown.

    Please bring water, sun protection, and a packed lunch. Wear red – for the climate emergency – and bring long red banners to snake around Parliament House.

    Let’s make 2009 the year we turn the tide of climate change. Bring your family and friends on Tuesday 3rd February.

    You are also invited to join Australia’s Climate Action Summit in Canberra the weekend before the action.

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bigfeet 8:53 pm 14 Jan 09

poptop said :

bigfeet said :

“be given permission to break the rules”.

Allow me to introduce bigfeet to the concept of the oxymoron.

Oxymoronic or not…I betcha a fiver that the hand-holding,parliament circling thing doesn’t happen.

The protest will follow the rules and stay in the assembly area.

stray 4:45 pm 14 Jan 09

Despite the ‘knockers’ misconception, most of the protests that I have been to in Canberra have been very family orientated, very passionate and with very few ‘unwashed hippies’. Very often it is the older citizens of this town leading the way (i.e The nannas who stood up to the Chinese during the torch relay, and who lead many of the anti-Iraq War demonstrations)
Climate change seems to be an issue that concerns a large sector of the community (i.e those who breathe 😉 ) therefore, a larger demographic than the cliche would suggest turn out to these events. So move on from judging the protest from those whose attend, because youre obviously ill informed about what/whom makes up a protest movement, and besides, attacking protestors and hippies is an soft target…and boring.

poptop 8:33 am 14 Jan 09

bigfeet said :

“be given permission to break the rules”.

Allow me to introduce bigfeet to the concept of the oxymoron.

bigfeet 9:28 pm 13 Jan 09

BenMac said :

Actually, the precinct refers to everything inside State Circle. The grassed area in front, called the Authorised Assembly Area, is the only place that a protest is allowed to take place. Everywhere else, they’ll be told to move on.

Yes and the Precinct goes to the end of the Authorised assembly area, where the brass markers are. See attachment B: http://www.aph.gov.au/visitors/Operating/ProtestGuidelines.pdf

It follows State Circle or where State Circle would be if it were up higher. The map at the bottom of this page shows it clearer.

http://www.nationalcapital.gov.au/corporate/publications/right_to_protest/works_approv_assess_crit.asp

The fact that there is an Indigenous protest on at the same time makes it even less likely that this group will be be given permission to break the rules (i.e. move outside of the assembly area and do their hand-linking thingie)

If one group is permitted to, then the other group will want to do something outside the rules as well. And then that sets a precedent which future groups will want to use.

BenMac 3:39 pm 13 Jan 09

The Precincts go about 15 -20 metres into Federation Mall, just past the big stone. From memory it is the sixth or seventh flagpole. There are some brass markers in the ground indicating where it ends.

Actually, the precinct refers to everything inside State Circle. The grassed area in front, called the Authorised Assembly Area, is the only place that a protest is allowed to take place. Everywhere else, they’ll be told to move on.

So they can hold hands out the front, or circle the building beyound the boundary of State Circle, but I can’t see them holding hands around Parliament Drive.

deye 6:01 pm 12 Jan 09

My take on it is this: The planet has been here billions of years and life has been on it for millions of years, during those millions of years the Earth has been both hotter and colder than it is now, in the future it will also be both hotter and colder than now. If we can’t adapt then we die out like so many forms of life before us. The Earth will still be here if we do die out, so it’s not a matter of “saving the planet”.

That said there are good reasons for moving to cleaner technology and greater use of recycling, as long as you do so with an understanding of the realities of life.

Granny 5:39 pm 12 Jan 09

It is my understanding that we are meeting on the protest lawn. Not sure how the ringing will work exactly after that, but it should look pretty cool actually.

bigfeet 5:29 pm 12 Jan 09

poptop said :

How about all thos candles for the Gaza protest, eh? The rules those Palestinian supporters must have avoided/ignored makes my head spin!

Poptop, you can stop spinning. They didn’t avoid or ignore any rules. Their action was not within the Parliamentary Precincts. The Precincts go about 15 -20 metres into Federation Mall, just past the big stone. From memory it is the sixth or seventh flagpole. There are some brass markers in the ground indicating where it ends.
If you look at this pic, http://www.ajpp.canberra.net.au/AJPP/AJPP_Photos/Pages/10_January_2009_Candle_Protest.html#0 you can see that they are further down Federation Mall than that. The part that they are in is under the control of the National Capital Authority, and they have much less restrictive rules for holding events than in the Precincts.

I suspect they knew this and situated the candles there for that reason.

Granny 2:36 pm 12 Jan 09

Well at least the hot air will dry my washing ….

; )

S4anta 2:13 pm 12 Jan 09

Personally I would be more concerned about the hippy driving the helicopter. All that hot air that they will hit will almost certainly lead to the chopper flat lining and dropping quicker than my unides after a dodgy vindaloo.

Granny 1:11 pm 12 Jan 09

Well, I think politicians should be held accountable for keeping their promises – whoever they are. An ice age is all well and good, but is that really the legacy we want to leave future generations?

I doubt that poptop is an unwashed hippie, and I may be unwashed but I’m no hippie.

Frankly, it’s a pain in the butt for me to be anywhere at 8am, plus it’s my daughter’s birthday, but I’m happy to go along and lend my “What the?” to the chorus. The targets are pathetic and disappointing and I’ll be all too happy to say so, even if I’m the only one there.

Should have elected a can of rexona – that never lets you down.

It would do more than Rudd has done. Except maybe for the constant overseas trips.

H1NG0 12:36 pm 12 Jan 09

LOL thanks for the tip

Danman 12:00 pm 12 Jan 09

Should have elected a can of rexona – that never lets you down.

H1NG0 11:43 am 12 Jan 09

I’m let down by Rudd in many ways, but Climate Change is the least of my concerns.

peterh 11:22 am 12 Jan 09

Of course, protesting to “save” this planet from global warming is a noble cause, until the next direct impact with an asteroid, or the sun implodes. the lifespan of earth is finite.

alternatively, if we heat the world up, it will re-balance itself with an ice age.

but, if you want to link hands around parliament house, go ahead.

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