SUE JACKSON Therapist | Writer | Photographer | Activist

An avid blogger for the last fifteen years, I believe in the power of the word to change the world. I have participated in, and reported on, a range of protests during this period, including the successful East-West Link campaign and, more recently, our wonderful, home-grown Extinction Rebellion (XR). If you believe, like I do, that it is time for ordinary people to rise up in defence of the planet, I encourage you to explore this blog, share it with your networks, and – of course – take action.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Capella: Here We Come!

8am on a dismal Melbourne morning found us outside the offices of Capella Capital in the CBD. Capella is part of the Government's preferred East-West Link consortium, spearheaded by LendLease which have also recently been graced by our picket.
As it is school holidays we were joined today by some loyal like-minded teachers and students using the break to demonstrate their solidarity.

By contrast, notable by their absence were the police. The building's doors were 'guarded' by a mere three officers, who uncharacteristically were very subdued and did not engage with us at all. As Anthony pointed out the Government has obviously advised the police to keep a very low profile. The last thing Premier Napthine wants, in his last shonky days in office, is to draw public and media attention to our determined and effective protests.

Anthony decried the selfishness of a Government, which in its dying hours and in the face of strong public opposition, would sign a contract saddling the community with huge compensation claims. We protestors needed no convincing of the Government's perfidy.

Particularly as police numbers were so low we decided to seize the moment and cross the road to express our opposition to one key member of the Government, Terry Mulder, Minister for Public Transport and Roads. He was in there somewhere:

Here we are lining up to for our class photo outside Mr Mulder's building:

Although not a lot 'happened' today - our opponents tend to make themselves scarce whenever they learn we are protesting - our sheer doggedness is a powerful statement. They may never put in an appearance, but we always do. On my way home on the tram I found myself humming: 'No Tunnel. No Way. We're gonna fight it all the way.'


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