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Trying to Photograph the #BusttheBudget Rally

Last week our government here announced the new budget and it isn’t good.  Well, it is good if you are part of the minority of rich people, but basically if you are poor then it is very bad.  Our daughters will be really affected by it, with rising University fees and youth unemployment very high at the moment.  The Greens, another political party here, organised a rally last Sunday to #BustTheBudget, they were happening in every capital city in Australia.  It was very short notice, but my husband and children wanted to go and I thought I would go too, show my support.  I also thought it would be good to take the camera and get some photos.

We often think of these sort of things as being attended by the rabble of our society, but it was interesting to see people of all walks of life.  Children, parents, students, older people, every one was represented I think.

I don’t want to be political here, this isn’t the place, but it was a great experience to go there with the camera and see what I could get.  There were lots of other photographers there, but they were all standing on the sidelines taking photos, whereas I was right in the thick of it, so to speak.  It wasn’t easy, I am a short person and well under the average height, so I had to stick my camera up in the air many times to get any descent photos.

I am just going to put them in a gallery for you now.  We started out front of the State Library, the crowd just seemed to get bigger and bigger.  There were speakers, there were unplanned speeches, then we walked from the State Library to Federation Square.  I am always amazed at how friendly people can be during times like this.  It was a great march. Did it do any good?  Time will tell.

110 Comments
  1. Had trouble with this post; both in Liking, and in leaving the comment.

    Also, many of the links to the photos were broken, and during the slideshow about half were clear, and the rest were enlargements of the small previews, and very fuzzy.

    Could be only me, but just in case, letting you know.

    May 22, 2014
    • Oh, I have no idea what is going on there, thanks for letting me know, I will have to see if others are having trouble too.

      May 22, 2014
      • This a FYI Leanne, The first few photos were soft around the edges… then all corrected, photos were sharp. I even ran through the gallery a second time and could not find a soft photo. Think it may be part of the downloading to PC process, which I would think is beyond our control.

        May 22, 2014
      • So may be it was just Disperser it is happening too, thank you for checking it out for me. It’s hard for me to work out from time to time.

        May 22, 2014
      • Know what you mean.

        May 22, 2014
      • 🙂

        May 22, 2014
  2. You need to be political all the time otherwise you get governments that don’t give a hoot about you. Good pictures though.

    May 22, 2014
    • That is so true, I just wasn’t sure about how political I could be here, though I have let loose a bit on my FB page, and did lots of tweets during the rally. Thank you.

      May 22, 2014
      • I think a blog is a perfect place to be political! Good for you going along and good for you telling us about it.

        May 22, 2014
      • It is great to see that people care too. Thank you, I’m glad people are okay with it.

        May 22, 2014
  3. We have the same sort of problems here. We have the numbers but not the money. I think you did an awesome job.

    May 22, 2014
    • It is becoming a big problem in so many places. Thank you Dawn.

      May 22, 2014
  4. Wonderful to see some ‘action’ stills. Beautiful work even more beautiful when their so much meaning involved. Thank you for posting!

    May 22, 2014
    • Thanks April, I agree, they mean a lot to me.

      May 22, 2014
  5. This budget is nothing but political, with a big dollop of ego thrown in on top. How strange that ideology can motivate a government to take ‘tough’ decisions but the threat of climate change can’t. -shrug-

    May 22, 2014
    • I’m sitting here shaking my head, because what you have said is to very true, very very true, it is so sad. I suppose the problem is that climate change won’t happen in this election period. Thank you.

      May 22, 2014
  6. Wonderful post. I agree with you. Every specialist I see say the majority of their patients, middle class people and the working poor, no longer have health insurance due to the “Affordable Healthcare” act. We will no longer have a middle class in the future. My prediction of course.

    When over $600 a month is affordable health insurance for a disabled teacher and a construction worker, I am amazed. Let’s not forget the Senate and powers that be excluded themselves.

    You’re right. Our children will pay the price. So sad. We have an 18 year old daughter. I’m not even 40 yet. Scares me. Thanks for being brave enough to share and wonderful pictures.

    May 22, 2014
    • I don’t think that is just your prediction, I was saying the same thing to someone yesterday.
      Scares me too, we have a free healthcare system, but it won’t be like that if this budget is passed.
      I feel the same way, I have an 18 year old too and a 20 year old, what future is there for them. I don’t know if it was brave, but I hope people understand why I did it.

      May 22, 2014
      • Everyone I come into contact with says the same thing. I hope people will understand your reason for sharing. 🙂

        May 22, 2014
      • I hope so too. 🙂

        May 22, 2014
  7. I am always shy to take photos of people, even people I’m traveling with, because I don’t want to invade their personal space. With my iPhone camera (my only camera) I need to get pretty close to take photos of people. Any hints how to do this without being invasive? A public situation as you were in seems a good way to try and do that, some nice photos there, Leanne.

    May 22, 2014
    • I think it is and people generally don’t mind being photographed. I think it is important to know what the laws are first. In Australia you can photograph people in the street and I think if you go to something like a political rally then people know they will be photographed. Myself and my husband ended having photos of us in the media. Weird. So yes, see if you can find public places to try it. I would just do it, people will generally turn away if they don’t want to be photographed, or they will tell you not to take their photo. Go for it, good luck.

      May 22, 2014
  8. These are excellent!!! You caught the moment and the feeling. Up with the people!!!!

    May 22, 2014
    • Thank you Cate, exactly up with the people.

      May 22, 2014
  9. Wow. This nonsense is world wide. The elitists in each country are usurping more and more authority and wealth, leaving the rest of us behind. People around the globe have had it with this garbage. It won’t end well. Great photos Leanne, even holding your camera high like this. When you are good, your just plain good!

    May 22, 2014
    • I couldn’t agree more John, it is absolutely crazy what they are doing. I don’t know where it says if we vote you in it becomes a dictatorship and you can do what you like to us. The problem really is, is the political parties that get in power are as bad as one another, neither are good options. We need new parties, or we need the others to get in power. Thank you John.

      May 22, 2014
  10. Very interesting! Rallies always make for interesting candids–people tend to dress a little differently and act out a little more than usual.

    May 22, 2014
    • That is so true too, there were some amazing get ups at this one.

      May 22, 2014
  11. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    Social issues are new on your blog; very nice! There were a lot of people there.

    May 22, 2014
    • They aren’t something I would do a lot, as I think this blog is about photography and it should stay that way. It was great how many people showed up.

      May 22, 2014
  12. It is not in the interest of any established party to let a new political movement succeed.

    When we had better press, we had better-behaved politicians. Rallying is the only power we have left, besides voting against any and all established politicians and parties.

    What better place than your blog for real life?

    May 22, 2014
    • That is so true Robert, unfortunately. It is so sad.
      Great points, my husband is sitting near by saying yep. Thank you, I was worried it would annoy people, but the response has been great.

      May 22, 2014
  13. So many people! Lots more than I imagined. Nice shots and it gave me a curiosity about what’s going on there. I think the whole world has gone mad personally.

    May 22, 2014
    • It is crazy Laura, I don’t understand what is happening. It is like all these people who benefited from the good times in late last century don’t want others to have the same opportunities. It is really scary.

      May 22, 2014
  14. First – very good shots of people being involved – in a civil manner for a civil matter. Second – This problem is becoming world-wide – this desire of wealth for its own sake. When is enough really enough?

    May 22, 2014
    • Thank you Robert, not something I have a lot of experience with. Oh yes exactly I like that idea. It does seem so, it is so sad. I totally agree, when is enough enough.

      May 22, 2014
  15. When I was a student I protested against the Iraq war a few times in London and always took my camera with me as there are always interesting opportunities for shots. I think protestors get a bad rap because of the a few idiots who go there looking for trouble, personally I have never been there when this has happened.

    Similar to you I don’t want my blog to become political but sometimes as an artist or photographer our images can send a message. Lewis Hine in the late 1800’s photographed child labourers in america, his work went on to change labour and educational laws.

    I think your shots have shown quite clearly that the people who are being affected and protesting are the ordinary folk and if they didn’t exist then the rich 1% wouldn’t be rich.

    I’ll stop before I begin ranting.

    May 22, 2014
    • We protested against that as well. I think you are right about the protesters.
      It is true, sometimes you do have to say something, and I thought my blog would survive it as long as I don’t do it too often.
      They really were ordinary folk. You aren’t ranting at all Ben, I appreciate the words here, it is so hard to know what to do.

      May 22, 2014
  16. nikkiharvey #

    Ah the Australian government.. I’ve heard so much about from other bloggers… It really is a mess. Nice photos 🙂 I love the back to the dark ages people 🙂

    May 22, 2014
    • We need the Queen to sack him, haha. It happened once. Apparently he is the worse leader this country has ever had. I saw those tow and I had to take some photos of them, I think we are going back to dark ages too. 😦

      May 22, 2014
  17. same here, ordinary hard working people are really struggling to make ends meet while the fat cats get fatter.

    May 22, 2014
    • Tell me about it Gypsy, it is so hard now and they want to make it so much harder.

      May 22, 2014
  18. Great images, you’ve truly captured the sentiment many Aussies are feeling right now about our government and it’s complete lack of regard for the disadvantaged in our society. I wish I could’ve been there for it

    May 22, 2014
    • Thank you Lara, it is just horrible what is happening, and yes the complete lack of that, they just don’t seem to care, where is their sense of responsibility to all Australians? It was very short notice, I am sure if they had more time more would have known about it. It was great being there though.

      May 22, 2014
      • As far as I can see there is no sense of responsibility to all Australians. They talk about saving money and bringing us into surplus but they want to do this by skimming on benefits to low income earners while walking around with pockets bulging from a politicians wage. It’s disgusting and absolutely the height of hypocrisy. But for all the bad that’s coming, at least the silver lining is seeing that the public will not stand for it and are uniting together to uphold what’s right.

        May 23, 2014
      • I am noticing the same thing Lara. Though I have to say if you are poor or in the “working classes” then you would have to be an idiot to ever vote for Liberal, that is what Liberal are about,always have been, they look after the businesses and the landowners, the weathly really. Labor is supposed to look after the rest, but they have lost their way. It is all disgusting, who looks after the people, I thought that is why you had governments instead of monarchies or dictators, because they looked after the people. It is nice to see that people care, imagine how big the marches around the country would have been if they had more notice?

        May 23, 2014
      • I know exactly what you mean, unfortunately I think there were a lot of uninformed voters at the last election that were overly influenced by the media emphasising leadership unrest in the labour party and didn’t think to look at the ideological standpoints of either party and just went with whoever seemed to present a more united from. I’m afraid that they are likely kicking themselves right now. I absolutely agree that labour lost it’s way, I can only hope that they now step up and look after us as the liberals try to pass their monstrosity of a budget. The more notice on these protests the better, I know that if I know about the next one I will certainly be there front and centre waving my banner in support. Keep up the excellent coverage!

        May 23, 2014
      • A lot of them uninformed voters. I think the other issue is how the Liberals mislead the public on what our debt is. They shouldn’t be allowed to make up lies like that. It is deceiving and manipulative and people believed them, yet another lie by them. The media was very bad too, though it is interesting to note it was more the papers and things run by Muddock, and he hates the labor party, because he know the libs will be good to him, stuff everyone else. I hope so too, our local member is labor and I’ve been sending her emails, telling her that they need to get their act together. That she is our voice, and I can’t hear her. Well if I hear of anymore I will let you know Lara, or I will announce it on my website in the news section, would that be okay?

        May 23, 2014
      • They shouldn’t be able to lie to us but they certainly wouldn’t be able to muster up much support if they explained to the public that our AAA credit rating is not at risk and that our country’s level of debt is negligible in comparison to the worldwide deficit. They have their agenda and they’ll push it however they can. The Murdoch media is reprehensible, that’s why lately I’ve taken to getting my news from the ABC. Good on you for being so proactive and contacting the local rep, it needs to be done, they need to shape up and support us. Absolutely, please do let me know, I check your website regularly anyway so either way I’ll keep up to date, thanks 🙂

        May 23, 2014
      • That is so true, I was telling someone the other day who believes we are in real trouble that we weren’t and she couldn’t believe it. How could they lie to us like that, I think is what she thought. It is deceptive and really should be illegal. That is also true about the agenda, so scary, and doesn’t really protect us. I think getting your news from the ABC is by far the safest way, you are going to get more of the truth there, well until Abbott manages to destroy that one as well. Thanks Lara, it is a good thing to do and more of us should do it. I will, if I hear anything. 🙂

        May 23, 2014
  19. My husband and I and one of our daughters went on the March in March, and I too tried to get photos as we went. There was a such a wide spectrum of people, and the crown stretched for blocks – I just hoped to get some sense of what it was like in my photos. Good people can’t stay silent out of politeness – good on you for sharing these pics, Leanne.

    May 22, 2014
    • We missed that one, meant to go and then we realised afterwards that we had completely forgotten about it. The same happened with this, a wide spectrum of people. It is a tricky situation to take photos. I hope so Sukie, we all need to be writing to our members and making as much fuss as possible. Thank you Sukie, wasn’t sure about doing it, but I am so glad I did.

      May 22, 2014
  20. I saw this on the weekend too – I was walking through the State Library to the MC tram stop and managed to catch the last tram for that hour back up Swanston to my place. Maybe I passed you….Being short does have its disadvantages when it comes to taking photos. On the plus side, I like being short as it is so much easier to me to squeeze to the front of things when I want.

    Hope you have a good weekend, Leanne. I am so looking forward to it. Looking to buy a new pair of walking shoes this weekend myself 🙂

    May 22, 2014
    • Why didn’t you stop and support Mabel? It was a great thing to do, I am so glad we went, I don’t know if it will have any affect, but I like that I was a voice there. Being short can be good, I like that I don’t have to duck under things much, though crowds are not good, and I always seem to get the 6 foot 6 person sitting in front of me when I go to the theatre or to concerts.
      I have no idea what I am doing this weekend, teaching Saturday, but so far that is the only thing planned. I got myself a new pair of those yesterday. I bought some hiking shoes from Kathmandu. Haven’t had a chance to try them out, but hoping to on the weekend.

      May 23, 2014
      • I didn’t stop to join the rally as I was tight on time…that’s what happens when you work five days a week 😀 Also, I don’t deal very well with big crowds and get panic attacks sometimes in such situations. It’s hard enough going to bars and concerts, which are rare occasions for me.

        Have fun teaching tomorrow, I know you will 😀 You will definitely need those shoes walking around taking photos. I got running shoes today, finally shoes that give me feet support.

        May 23, 2014
      • That happens, we do what we can when we can.
        Thanks Mabel, it is a portrait class and my daughter will be the model, so it should be fun. I always enjoy the portrait class. Feet support is so important, I am finding that as I get older and now that I am embarking on a career of walking around a lot. Happy walking.

        May 24, 2014
  21. I love the pictures Leanne… and can sympathize with what you’re going through. We have been having the same issues here, only our administration seem hesitant to actually make a budget..LOL Just here in my one town, they are having to fire apx. 38 teachers. It use to be thought that a teaching degree was a solid degree that they would always need teachers. My son has 2 different degrees and a Master’s degree in Education, but was working for minimum wage until this week.

    I love that you actually got so many shots of the participants. The media & politicians tend to only show you what they want you to see.

    Great post! ❤

    May 22, 2014
    • Here, we are afraid of getting what you guys have, we look at your medical system and your education system and it isn’t what we have or want, sorry, I hope that doesn’t sound offensive. Now, our medical system is slowly going that way where you have to have health insurance to get attention, it isn’t right. Good health is a right not a privilege, that is how we view, the same with education. It should all be free. What else do we pay taxes for, oh that’s right we pay taxes so our government can look up refugees and persecute them even more. Oh, yes, and give themselves big fat salaries and pay rises that no one else in the country can have. It is a joke. I don’t know where it is written that just because you win an election you are then a dictator for the next 3 years. Okay, I’ll stop now, it is so scary and it really worries me.
      I did get lots of shots, but the media here is pretty good and there was lots of coverage. Thank you Keli.

      May 23, 2014
      • No, doesn’t sound offensive at all. I personally think our Public education system went completely down the drain about 15 or 20 years ago. It use to be fun and the kids could actually learn something. As far as our Healthcare system… I hate this Obamacare because he wasn’t honest about it. A lot of Dr.’s here now won’t take certain patients. My premiums tripled each month, my Out of pocket is Outta sight, and my prescriptions went WAY up! And if you’re old, like me, they get to decide if what you need is “cost effective”, if not… you just can’t have that operation or medicine. I don’t know how your’s works, but perhaps it’s because I grew up with a different system than Obama care and the changes are more drastic in my eyes.. Still, no offense taken. : D

        May 28, 2014
      • We are so afraid here that our Healthcare will go the same way, insurance companies dictating what tests someone needs, rather than the doctors. Going to the hospital and not getting treated because you don’t have it. Here when you go the first thing they ask you is what is wrong with you, why are you here, you do get asked if you have health insurance, but it is in amongst all the other questions. Most people lie saying they don’t have it, because it could mean getting charged for some things. It is so scary, we think you have the right to good healthcare, it shouldn’t only be for the rich.

        May 28, 2014
      • Thanks! 😀 I hope you guys don’t follow in our footsteps on this debacle…

        June 10, 2014
      • Time will tell, our Prime Minister is such an idiot and he is so embarrassing, certainly a dark time in Australian politics right now.

        June 11, 2014
      • Oh, I hadn’t heard, but I’m sure the whole world has heard about our illustrious leader &/or his administration.

        June 13, 2014
      • I think the world is finding out about ours, he really is the worst leader in the modern world, can’t believe people voted for him.

        June 13, 2014
      • Well I did read about your govt. taking funds from people’s accounts if they weren’t using them… Like if they were just letting the interest build but they weren’t spending…. They started that crap here too… Just ridiculous… just one more way for them to squeeze money out of us… (just my opinion)

        June 18, 2014
      • I think it is after awhile though, so if you don’t use it for a few months, it won’t matter, but it has been happening for a long here, if you don’t use your account the bank would close it after a couple of years. My daughter had an account that didn’t get used and she went to use it and it had been closed, so she had to open another one. I guess the difference now is the government takes the money rather than the bank, which I think is possibly better. The banks are greedy enough.

        June 18, 2014
      • True… but I don’t think either one of the should keep the money… Call the person or give them a chance to use it or get it out before just taking over…. but that’s just my opinion… 😀

        July 6, 2014
      • It is a good opinion, really, it should be considered unclaimed money and put somewhere for people to claim.

        July 6, 2014
  22. Interesting that (also) the middle class participate in protest rallies when they hurt. Nice images.

    May 22, 2014
    • The interesting thing is that if the budget is passed middle class people won’t be affected, their children might be, but most it won’t affect them at all. It won’t affect us, but it might affect our children. We marched because we care about what happens to all Australians. Poor people often don’t get heard, or can’t come to things like this, so we show our support for them. Thanks

      May 23, 2014
  23. What did Robert Capa say?

    May 23, 2014
    • I looked him up, he said lots of things. Which one are you thinking of Ray?

      May 23, 2014
      • There is one overlying quote that every photojournalist knows… “if the pictures aren’t good enough, you weren’t close enough.” For me, the biggest issue in our digital world is that most people with cameras never took the time learn the history or gain the experience.

        May 23, 2014
      • I saw that one, so I hope it means I was close enough, not sure I could have got closer.

        May 23, 2014
      • Hmmmm… sorry. You could have gotten a lot closer and photographed faces. 🙂 I’m not the best of anything in the world, but see Storyteller today. The longest lens I used was a 70mm. Mostly I work with a 24 or 35.

        May 23, 2014
      • So you think my photos are crap hey!!! I don’t like doing images like that, I wanted more to show the numbers. I also only had the 24-70mm with me. I don’t like getting into peoples faces, for me it wasn’t what I was there for.

        May 23, 2014
      • I didn’t say that, but… well, what were you there for?

        May 23, 2014
      • I was there to protest against the budget our government just handed down, and while I was there I thought I would take photos. If I wasn’t protesting, I wouldn’t have gone.

        May 23, 2014
      • Oh. Cool.

        May 23, 2014
      • It was a great thing to do I think. So I was right in there, I listened to all the speeches and then we marched from one end of the city to the other.

        May 23, 2014
      • I don’t know enough about the issues to comment even half way intelligently. I know there are serious cuts, but I don’t know why or who they affect.

        May 23, 2014
      • Basically if you live below the poverty line, or on it, or just above it, you life is going to suck even more. If you are young it is going to be hard, if you are a university student, or want a university education you could end up leaving uni with a debt the size of a mortgage. If you are old and want to go on a pension, then it is going to be harder with less money. Prices keep going up, but government want to cut your pay.
        If you are middle or upper class, shouldn’t affect you, except that with youth employment being so high and it becoming harder and harder to get the dole, and only being allowed to have it for 6 months at a time, then the crime rate is going to go through the roof, and no one will be safe. Scary times ahead if Abbott’s budget goes through the senate.

        May 23, 2014
      • Welcome to The United States of America. Everything that you just wrote is here now. Well, except for one thing. The upper middle class and middle class is pretty much gone.

        What is the government justification?

        May 23, 2014
      • They have been banging on for some time about our massive debt, which is false, we don’t have one, we are actually financially better off than most countries around the world, but because they keep talking as though it is really bad, people believe them, even though they broke every election promise. It astounds me how stupid people can be. So people justify it for them, “oh we have to get our debt down”. I don’t understand when it became important to run the country like a business, it isn’t a business, the government is to supposed to protect the people, but somewhere along the line that has been forgotten and now it is about protecting big business and themselves, oh and their mates. It is disgusting.
        We are following suit that is for sure. The gap between the poor and the rich is certainly getting wider.

        May 23, 2014
      • I was trying to learn something about your protests and the budget. In doing that I saw Australia’s debt. You are right. It really is nothing. Not compared to ours. The way to pay down debt is to generate revenue which comes from taxes. The way to generate taxes is to generate jobs for everyone who can work in some way. For the government it’s always a revenue issue, not a debt issue. We have the same issues with corporations and big business, especially after our Supreme Court ruled the a corporation is a person… that’s how they can contribute so much to the bad political candidates of their choice.

        May 23, 2014
      • Similar things are happening here, money is going to protect big business, and they are cutting everything from below. They are going to ruin this country. We ain’t the lucky country any more. Our debt is so minimal. Yes, the taxes, well they are going to make it so they don’t have to spend money. It is so crazy, the things that pisses me off the most is that they have had so many opportunities, free education, etc, and now they want to take that away from people. It really isn’t fair. My husband is telling our daughters to leave the country, go and live somewhere else in the world. Not the US, but there are countries that look after their people, especially the old, the sick, the poor.

        May 23, 2014
      • Where does you husband want your daughters to live? Every Commonwealth Country is suffering the same plight, with the exception of maybe Canada. And, even they have pretty big issues. I lived for six years in Hong Kong and a for a couple of years in Shanghai. I wouldn’t want to get old in China, not now. And, I am old. 🙂 Hong Kong? Whew. They’ve gotten even more expensive than when I lived there. The only really inexpensive places that offer safety nets are second and third world countries. A lot of US citizens retire in Mexico and some South American countries. Thailand used to be a retirement destination, but they are in the middle of yet another coup… The entire world is a hard place right now

        May 23, 2014
      • I think there are issues everywhere too, my oldest daughter is thinking Scandinavia. She is doing teaching at uni and they have a good rep for teaching apparently. She likes the idea. Whether she actually does it or not will be another matter. I think the same as you, where. It is a hard one. The problem is, I understand a socialist society is expensive, and you have to be prepared to make the rich pay more, and most governments won’t do it because it means taxing themselves, but the alternatives are not good. If you have more than half your population poor and struggling, or not coping, then everything breaks down. I don’t want society to go back to feudal times, but we seem to be heading there already. I think you guys have it much worse than we do here.

        May 23, 2014
      • We do. I agree. Much worse. People in The US think of getting away from it by moving to Australia, which is nearly impossible.

        That said, I have an old friend who founded one of the best design firms in the world. He was based in London. He met a Danish woman, fell in love, married her and moved to Denmark. The taxes there almost took all of his savings in order to immigrate. Taxes are super high, but the people get something in return. Even travelers are well taken care of. He loves living there. So, I guess the monetary loss to him personally was a fair trade.

        I spent a lift;e time in South Africa a few years back. If that country wasn’t getting ready to explode again, I’d suggest there. I enjoyed myself except their medical care is about 20 years out of date.

        There is one problem with taxing the rich. Not all of them are productive. That means there is only so many times you can go back to that well. It is one thing to tax the owners of Apple or Microsoft. They make stuff and generate money. But, so many of our “1%” are non-producers living off of family money.

        May 23, 2014
      • Yeah, I wouldn’t be moving here, it is going down hill.
        We lived in Denmark for about 7 months about 20 years ago and it was fantastic. There was no private healthcare, everyone used the same system, it was great, so they made sure it was good. We were treated like citzens and got the same benefits. YOu know if you fall on hard times, you will be looked after, in the end, that is what you want. We would love to go back, but it really isn’t a reality for us now.
        Medical care is so important, especially as you get older.
        We have this problem, like the banks are making billions, but the gov gives them concessions. The same with the mining industry, they are making billions, and paying about 1% tax. The country will be stuff if they get rid of the middle class, that is where all the money comes from. Family money isn’t really here, not in the same way, our rich are rich because they make money doing things that the government supports. It is so corrupt.

        May 23, 2014
      • You’ve got the same problem we do. When we were in the very depths of the recession, all the TARP (bailout) money was for the banks. Nothing for small businesses and nothing for home owners. If your rich are still making stuff then that is where you can go for taxes. But, it’s all one big game. In the US the Republicans attack the Democrats and vice versa. It doesn’t matter. They are all the same. I really liked Denmark, but I was only there for about 3 weeks. I explore a lot and I never heard the complaints that you and I are raising now. Even with my friend, who is now 75 years old, he had nothing but great things to say. Maybe if we keep the discussion going we can figure something out. Since this is taking place on your comments section, maybe others can join us. 🙂

        May 23, 2014
      • I agree, the rich should pay more, but instead it is like they are entitled to their money, but the rest of us aren’t. We have the same problem with our political parties, they are the same, so you know what one brings in the other won’t change. I loved Denmark, then again, because I didn’t speak their language I had no real idea of what was happening there, I did really like the concepts there. I think the big issue is that people don’t pay attention to what is happening in politics enough, I am guilty of it as well, so when they vote, they don’t really know what they are doing. This is a new government here, we know that the first budget will be the hardest, and from the next one will be sweeter and the final one before the election will be the sweetest of all, to get the idiots to vote for them again. Then they will wonder why they aren’t getting what they were promised, oh because they didn’t remember the last election where they were promised the world and every promise was broken.

        May 23, 2014
  24. Nice photography. Good photojournalism.

    May 23, 2014
    • Thank you, my first experience photographing something like this.

      May 23, 2014
  25. I didn’t get to the rally in Adelaide, but I sure was there in spirit. Great turn out in Melbourne by the looks and love your images. Sometimes its really importsnt to

    May 23, 2014
    • I messed that up! I meant to say that there are times when its really important to be upfront with where we stand. Its great that this discussion is happening….I think it really helps people be clear about what really is important in our lives…… : ))

      May 23, 2014
      • It is great, and it is hard too, I was always taught never to talk about religion politics or money, but sometimes it is too important not to stand up and say what you mean or think. Thank Trees, the support has been great.

        May 23, 2014
    • I know what you mean Trees, it was a fantastic turn out in Melbourne, we were so happy. That great to hear.

      May 23, 2014
  26. Ann #

    We have an Abbott here in Texas, too. Greg Abbott. He’s about the same as your Abbott, except the Texas version also wants to take away women’s rights. All that aside, create job capturing the event.

    May 24, 2014
    • Sounds like they are all the same, slimely and liars. Thank you Ann.
      Oh oh I forgot to say ours hates women too.

      May 24, 2014
  27. Tri Wahyu #

    Melbourne central library…it sure reminded my old time. Except, they were unhappy to Kevin Rudd at the time. While they yell out against Abbot now. Aussie people are never disappointed me.

    May 25, 2014
    • Tri Wahyu #

      Holy cow….it looks like bigger rally than my time there. Abbot’s scheme surely hit nail in everyone head in Melbourne. I hope it doesn’t stop public transport system.

      May 25, 2014
      • It was a big rally, there were so many people there, and people all around the country really. Yes, it did stop the trams, but only for a short time.

        May 26, 2014
    • That is great to hear. The Abbott government is really scary.

      May 26, 2014

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