March in August: thousands rally against Tony Abbott by taking to streets
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets for the latest wave of protests against the federal government.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome
on Aug 31, 2014 -
Demonstrations were held in cities across the country, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, to protest against a range of of social and economic policies being implemented by the Abbott government.
About 3,000 protesters marched through Sydney, voicing their concerns on a range of issues, from Australia's asylum seeker policies, to education cuts and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
For eight hours a day to Oct. 13, Facebook and Twitter users can log on to the Melbourne Remote Control Tourist
website and "control" two
volunteer explorers with helmet-mounted streaming video cameras. Users can check out the explorers' Instagram feeds, track their locations using Google Maps or FourSquare and ask them (via a tweet or Facebook) to visit certain places, check things out or even sing a song. via adage [more inside]
posted by doogyrev
on Oct 9, 2013 -
The Complaints Choir
phenomenon, started by the Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, has spread all over the world
since last we paid it any attention
, from Birmingham
, St. Petersburg
, Penn State
, Gabriola Island
, Hong Kong
Arizona State University
, Washington, DC
, Horace Mann School
, Durham-Chapel Hill
, Toronto theatre students
), St. Pölten
, Port Coquitlam
, Ústí nad Labem
). For more information, including a 9 step guide to forming your own complaints choir
, go to the Complaints Choir website
. Finally, here's the Singapore Complaints Choir
, whose performance was banned by the Singapore government.
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 19, 2010 -
''I don't think it's appropriate they feel discriminated against, and I'm very upset they feel that,''
"After inviting friends to her home for ''pre-drinks'', [Hannah Williams] stood on her doorstep and watched her classmates file into the darkness to attend one of the highlights of the school year. Instead of joining them, Hannah took off her heels and black dress and went to bed...A few weeks earlier a teacher had told the year 11 student she couldn't attend the dance with her 15-year-old girlfriend, Savannah Supski. She was asked to bring a male instead."
posted by rodgerd
on Nov 10, 2010 -
, a town not too far from Melbourne, Australia, there's allegedly something
not quite right swimming around in a humble trout farmer's catchment. Is this Australia's Nessie
Some selected quotes from the linked articles.
A giant eel, believed to be around 13ft-long with a head the size of a football has been spotted at the trout farm at Warburton.
It is believed the eel washed into the farm's ponds during this month's record breaking storms.
"We hope to catch him alive and take him to the Melbourne Aquarium."
I reckon it's true. Might even go and throw a line in myself, hey. It's just a shame that there are no pictures or film evidence thus far.
Oh, this is my first front page post on MeFi. Hello world!
posted by sjvilla79
on Apr 7, 2005 -
Arsonists try to burn down a mosque in Melbourne, Australia
I was going to title this link 'Another terrorist attack', but I was concerned that would unduly alarm people:
Deputy Victorian Police Commissioner Bill Kelly said police had no evidence to suggest the Doncaster attack was a response to the Bali bombing.
"It's not being looked at as a retaliation attack, it's just being looked at as an arson attack on a building," he said.
"But obviously given what has happened last Saturday that puts another dimension into the investigation to follow-up on to make sure it either is or isn't politically or religiously motivated."
Terrorists or arsonists? I suppose it depends upon whether you're Muslim or not. Sounds like terrorism to me.
But like us easy-going Aussies like to say: 'No worries. She'll be right, mate.'
Damn them all.
posted by chrisgregory
on Oct 17, 2002 -
We only had you for the spare parts.
A Melbourne couple have been given permission to have a genetically-modified IVF child to provide stem cells to cure their terminally ill daughter. Bad enough to grow up and discover you were an accident, or adopted, but to learn that you were engineered to supply your sibling with body parts?
That kid's going to have low self-esteem.
posted by chrisgregory
on Apr 16, 2002 -
Aussie 'Net Old-Timer to Feds: No com.au!
Robert Elz, whom the SMH describes as a computer scientist at the University of Melbourne who was instrumental in wiring Oz for the Internet, has recently renewed his refusal to hand over regulatory powers of the .au ccTLD to the federal government. The SMH states that this is a battle between the old-timers, computer scientists and academics, of the 'Net and the commercial interests. Elz does not like to be photographed. A story with heart!
posted by rschram
on Jun 13, 2001 -
It's odd that people reacting against globalisation
should try to stop the forum meeting in Melbourne this week. It is working to solve the problems they are protesting against, warns the Swiss intellectual who is founder and president of the World Economic Forum.
posted by murray_kester
on Sep 10, 2000 -
So I was paging through the special section of Indymedia devoted to the upcoming Melbourne protests
, and came across a page about Melbourne University. Apparently their Student Union voted to skip the S11 protest because they thought too many flat-out anarchists and professional agitators were trying to take charge. So someone posts on Indymedia
that this is a case where "democracy was ineffective." What? You lose the vote so there must be something wrong with voting?
posted by aaron
on Sep 2, 2000 -