Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Protest Is Not the Same as the Ballot

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Protest Is Not the Same as the Ballot

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ALEX EASTON

alex.easton@northernstar.com.au

THERE is something very stirring about seeing 7000 people take to the street to voice their opinions.

The upper estimate of the crowd at the Lismore March in March on Saturday, if accurate, is quite an astounding turnout and would account for close to a quarter of the city's population.

At the same time, though, I find it hard to look at the March in March protests without ambivalence.

Like the Occupy protests in the US, the March in March protest appears to have captured a groundswell of discontent against the government of the day. Like the Occupy protests, that discontent is spread over such a broad swathe of issues it is difficult to pin down a clear message that could make any difference at a policy level.

Protests such as the weekend's can be powerful tools for change when focused on a single message. The obvious example locally is the anti-CSG protests that ultimately led to legislation at both the State and Federal levels limiting coal seam gas development (although both have since been watered down). …

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