According to an Essential poll released on January 31, 40% of those surveyed believe the system needs to be “fundamentally changed”. Just 6% say it works well.
Rising unemployment, low wages, climate change, corruption, attacks on single parents, welfare recipients, refugees, asylum seekers and Indigenous people are just some of the concerns motivating people to join various protests and rallies.
Getting on to the streets is becoming the new norm, as dissatisfaction with the status quo reaches a new high.
Tapping into this, March Australia has announced nation-wide rallies for Saturday March 25.
The last March in March took place three years ago, when the Tony Abbott government had just been elected.
Things are getting worse under the Malcolm Turnbull government.
“The Coalition government has presided over the rise of right-wing bigotry and intolerance. They’re ruining the relaxed, fair, inclusive and tolerant society Australians love”, March Australia said.
So far rallies are being organised in Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong, Adelaide, Cairns, Gosford and Brisbane, and the list of cities is growing.
Three years ago, a huge number of community-based groups and individuals brought their messages to March in March, sending a clear “vote of no confidence” in government policies and decisions.
Between 80,000 and 110,000 people came out into the streets for the 2014 March in March. Let’s make this one even bigger.