Photographer's Note

I have deliberately not posted political photos here before, out of respect for TE's Terms of Service. But I hope an exception is made for this photo, as I consider it to be a reportage image of what is happening in my country at the moment. We are at a turning point in Australian history and politics.

In March and in May 2014 in cities and towns all over Australia, 200,000 people from all walks of life and political persuasions marched in protest at the recent actions of our Government. We are experiencing a very dark period in our political history where the conservative government has openly declared their allegiance to Big Business & the Murdoch-owned media. It has openly declared war on pensioners, the poor, the disabled, asylum seekers, on our indigenous Australians, middle Australia and most relevantly for TE, a war on our environment. Even former conservative party members have spoken out against what is happening. Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has actually left his beloved political party, labelling our present Prime Minister the most dangerous man in Australian politics, perhaps ever.

Church leaders have spoken out against the breaches of international treaties, and the attacks on our most vulnerable citizens. 8 Church leaders from all denominations were forcibly removed and arrested today by Police for PRAYING at our Prime Minister's Office. If Australia was South Africa or Germany, Australia would have been sanctioned by the United Nations by now.

If you've read my notes on some of my recent photos, you will be aware of the Government's plans to dump 3 million cubic tonnes of spoil onto the Great Barrier Reef, the plans to allow the Indian mega-company Adani to expand its interests in the Carmichael Mine which would see uncontained dredging and dumping in and around the Reef, the plans to de-classify 400,000 square hectares of World Heritage-listed forest in Tasmania and New South Wales, the wholesale and uncontained licence to mine for coal seam gas (fracking) in all states of Australia, polluting irredeemably our water supply and farming land, and so many other atrocities too long and sad to list here.

Not much has been reported of this in the overseas Press, due to the stranglehold that the Murdoch-owned Newscorp, Fox News, and Sky News have on the media. What little information is allowed to dribble through is misinformation. So I resort to publishing it here.

The Australian people are angry and have been lied to. We will not go down without a fight.

Here's a short clip of the protest on 18 May 2014 in Sydney: March In May 2014 Sydney.

Here's a song by Sarah Blasko that sums it up better than I can. Sarah played for the crowd and marched shoulder to shoulder with us: We Won't Run

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