They say “Cut back!” We say “Fight Back!”

What gets a gentle, botanical artist out on the streets protesting? The Hockey budget, that’s what.

Anne Lawson Art

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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I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes... View all posts by acflory

6 responses to “They say “Cut back!” We say “Fight Back!”

  • anne54

    Aww, thanks for re blogging Meeks. I like your introduction 🙂 And yes, the unfairness of the budget does make me angry enough to get out there. There something very satisfying about marching with 30,000 people who agree with you!


    • acflory

      I’ve only done it twice in… 40 years?… but I have to agree. It’s a bit like falling in love with every one of those people next to you – at least for a little while. 🙂


  • EllaDee

    Opportunistic, elitist budget. Ordinary Australian’s will not be put down easily. T.A. & Co got an easy ride into government under the circumstances of dissatisfaction with their predecessors’ infighting behaviors but I believe their stay will be brief and they will bounce as they make their leave next election.


  • davidprosser

    It’s funny how austerity budgets hit all those except the ones who write them. They should be made to forget a 6% increase on Defence, after all, you still have the old weapons, and spend that 6% on social funding like health. Maybe a hospital can be saved.
    xxx Hugs xxx


    • acflory

      Yes, it always astounds me how different the priorities of politicians can be from us ordinary folks. I mean, yes I understand that we have to be able to defend [sic] ourselves, but after wasting billions of dollars on submarines that don’t work, and aircraft that don’t seem to fly, I can’t help thinking ‘self indulgent MORONS!’


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