What gets a gentle, botanical artist out on the streets protesting? The Hockey budget, that’s what.
Last month our conservative Liberal Party Government, lead by Tony Abbott, brought down a horror budget. Think of anyone who is vulnerable ~ disabled people, people who are unemployed, single parents, low income earners, students etc etc ~ and this budget has hit them hard. It has cut funding to schools and hospitals across the country. There are attacks to Medicare, the ABC and SBS, universities and apprentice funding. These are attacks that will flow on to those who are working. No prize though for guessing which department had a 6% increase to its budget ~ Defence, of course.
However, people are not taking this lying down. Yesterday there was a protest called by the union movement, rallying workers from a wide range of industries.
Australia has a very proud tradition of union action, and unions have been very supportive of social issues, as well as purely industrial ones. Union membership…
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