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Issue #1654      September 3, 2014

March Against Abbott, Perth

On a mild overcast day in Perth over 200 people gathered to protest the economic, fiscal and social policies of the conservative government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and especially the austere Federal Budget of his Treasurer, Joe Hockey.

The rally was organised by March Australia Perth and the MC for the event was Alex Bainbridge who told the protesters of the growing income inequality occurring in Australia where 1.73 million households at the bottom of the ladder have the same income as the top 10 households.

It is a country where corporations have increased the share of income that is creamed off as profits from 24 % to 37% today. Against this backdrop the Hockey wants the poorest households in the country to take $842 worth of cuts per annum while the richest households will only lose $71.

The first speaker, was the Vice President of Sinn Fein, Mary Lou McDonald, visiting Australia from Ireland. Sho is no stranger to austerity which the working class has had to endure since their short economic bubble burst in September 2008. Many workers have been subjected to unemployment and severe economic hardship.

McDonald urged protesters to reject the sectarianism, racism and inequality of conservative governments in Australia and Ireland.

The budget that is being brought down here in Australia is similar to what is being sought by the conservative government in Ireland. The working people of Australia should demand the right to an education, a roof over their heads and a decent health care system.

Adrian Glamorgan who runs an environment program Understory on a community radio station RTR FM out of Curtin University, said defence spending is set to increase until 2020.

Other speakers addressed the rally before setting off on a march around the Northbridge precinct of the city.

The Communist Party of Australia joins protesters in calling for an end to the austerity measures in the Abbott/Hockey Budget as these measures only increase hardship and inequality in our society. The CPA also calls for a double dissolution of the current parliament to help bring about an end to the planned austerity measures. Bust the system NOT just the budget!

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