Zebedee Parkes reports that big numbers joined Invasion Day protests across Australia on January 26, making them the largest in recent years.
Activists expressed solidarity with communities suffering from bushfires and raised money for fire services. One woman spoke about “apocalyptic” scenes as her family home was burned down on her 18th birthday. She invited Prime Minister Scott Morrison to her community and tell them that climate change is not causing the fire storms.
The state government and police have ruled out implementing recommendations made by a coronial inquest into drug-related deaths at music festivals. The inquest recommended introducing pill testing at festivals and an end to sniffer dogs and strip searches.
A protest was held outside BHP's annual shareholders meeting, in Sydney on November 7.
Speakers condemned BHP's climate denial and spoke about the devastating impact bushfires are having in Australia.
The rally was called by Extinction Rebellion.
Hundreds of members of the Chilean community and supporters rallied in Sydney with the iconic Opera House in the background on October 27 in solidarity with the mass protests occurring in Chile right now. Similar protests were held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
Victorian police have exercised extreme violence against activists protesting the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne, spraying large amounts of chemicals on non-violent protesters.
Victorian Police have used maximum aggression to try and prevent activists taking non-violent direct action outside a major mining conference on October 29.
Environmental activists rallied in Melbourne and Sydney on August 25 in response to fires destroying the Amazon rainforest.
Aboriginal rights activists and supporters marched through Sydney on August 21 demanding justice and for an end to Black deaths in custody.
Extinction Rebellion activists continue to hold disruptive actions around Australia.
University students and supporters rally in Sydney on August 20 against sexual violence on campus and call on univerist administrations to do more to stop it.
Extinction Rebellion and Stop Adani activists occupied the Sydney offices of Adani contractor GHD on August 13.
Activists are calling on the global engineering company to cut ties with Adani.
Video: Zebedee Parkes
Refugees and supporters protested outside the Department of Immigration in Sydney on August 12 to demand a fair process, permanent protection and family reunion pathways.
On August 9, university students organised climate action protests in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
In Perth, 300 climate activists marched through the city and rallied outside oil and gas giant Chevron’s headquarters chanting “Chevron get off it, our climate is not profit.”
Chevron operates the Gorgon Gas Project in Western Australia, one of the largest natural gas plants in the world.
in Melbourne, more than 500 students and climate activists marched through the rain from the State Library to GHD’s Melbourne offices.
Sydney’s Kurdish community held a protest on Yazidi Genocide Remembrance Day, August 3.
Islamic State began a campaign of massacres and kidnapping of Yazidis in the city of Shengal, Iraq, on that day five years ago.
The Yazidi people are still waiting for peace and justice.