March in March

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March in March protests
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March in March Australia.
Date 15 March 2014 (2014-03-15) – 17 March 2014 (2014-03-17)
Location All Australian capital cities and many regional centres
Caused by
  • Policies of the Abbott government
  • Lack of government transparency
Goals
  • Delivery of a message of no confidence in the Australian government
Methods
Status
  • Ongoing online activism.
Number
80,000
112,000

March in March refers to a series of marches which were held around Australia on 15–16 March 2014, and in Canberra, the national capital, on 17 March 2014, a parliamentary sitting day. The marches were attended by at least eighty thousand people across Australia and were peaceful (The Sydney Morning Herald reported 112,000[1]). Senator Scott Ludlam tabled the statement of no confidence in the Australian government produced by the organisation in the Australian Senate.[2][3] Prime Minister Tony Abbott dismissed the event claiming that it was of small size.[4]

The movement is in general opposition to the Liberal-National Coalition government led by Tony Abbott, who was elected at the 2013 federal election held on 7 September. It has mostly been organised on social media.

The March in March movement has since grown to address a wider range of issues including industrial relations, environmental issues, asylum seeker policy and opposition to privatisation of public assets.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maley, Jacqueline (16 March 2014). "March in March: Tony Abbott, Gina Rinehart cop blasts in Sydney protest". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Ludlam, Scott. "A vision for Western Australia - Senator Scott Ludlam". Senator Scott Ludlam. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Lillebuen, Steve (17 March 2014). "Melbourne 'March for March' rally attracts 30,000". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Thousands drawn to Australia-wide protests against government policies". Yahoo News. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Byrne, Conor (16 March 2014). "Top Enders join March In March protest against Abbott Government". NT News. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 

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