While many Australians consider political rallies to be near-extinct relics from the protest era of the late 1960s and early 70s, from time to time they still appear on our streets, raising public awareness about and challenging government policies on diverse issues such as environmentalism, human rights, education and the welfare system.
What is your opinion of political rallies? Do you think that they raise awareness about topical issues in our society in a favourable way, and do they effectively influence government decision-makers? Would you ever take part in one?
I have taken part in them in the past and will do in the future. Unfortunately I think the media plays a huge part in their "success" and if they are not onboard with reporting them the message is not spread to a broader community. Those at the rally already know what they are on about so media coverage is crucial in spreading a message
Yes, joined the many thousands who marched against following Bush into Iraq
Walked with protesters against little ticky tacky houses being built on food producing land.
We thought we had won,but of course we rarely do.
I have never been in one, but remember oh! so well all the ones in Sydney during the Vietnam war, and I was watching on the footpath.
I would be in one 'if' it was something like the Government would allow 'Sharia Law' for muslims, or muslims wanting Christians banned from areas in Sydney where (they) shop in large numbers(Lakemba) etc.
Anything to do with a Big change to this amazing Country imposed by another group, from another Country....I will be there! every single time......seriously.
I do think P.R's do raise effective awareness, I think people are sick and tired of being told to shut-up-and-put-up.