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Australians Flood The Streets To Vent Anger Over The Government's Budget

Big protests around Australia against the controversial 2014 budget.

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The rallies were co-ordinated by Australia's major unions and those that took part rallied around #bustthebudget.

Thousands attended rallies in Sydney and Melbourne.... In the Victorian capital people marched to state parliament.

Looking good Melbourne. #bustthebudget #ourcommunitycounts

VTHC@VicUnions

Looking good Melbourne. #bustthebudget #ourcommunitycounts

2:38 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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In the nation's capital a terrifying Tony Abbott puppet was swamped by grey skies and "broken promises".

Giant Tony Abbott puppet ripping up promises at #bustthebudget today in #canberra #auspoll (I made the head).

Hilary Talbot@Hil121

Giant Tony Abbott puppet ripping up promises at #bustthebudget today in #canberra #auspoll (I made the head).

3:32 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And his pants were on fire of course.

You can follow protests unfolding around Australia today at #BustTheBudget. PM Abbott puppet with 'pants on fire'

The Daily Rupert @TheMurdochTimes

You can follow protests unfolding around Australia today at #BustTheBudget. PM Abbott puppet with 'pants on fire'

12:35 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

They worked really hard on those cheekbones.

About 250 people & a giant Tony Abbott puppet at a rally against #budget cuts at Parliament. #Canberra

Melissa Clarke@Clarke_Melissa

About 250 people & a giant Tony Abbott puppet at a rally against #budget cuts at Parliament. #Canberra

12:14 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In Newcastle, the Greens Senator Lee Rihannon spoke to a peaceful crowd about budget cuts to health and education.

800+ Newcastle #bustthebudget crowd. Thanks Gary Kennedy. Powerful speakers pushing One term Tony.

Lee Rhiannon@leerhiannon

800+ Newcastle #bustthebudget crowd. Thanks Gary Kennedy. Powerful speakers pushing One term Tony.

2:35 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And in Sydney, major streets like George St were shut down for a march.

So many people! #bustthebudget in Sydney.

Kierra@BattyLacquer

So many people! #bustthebudget in Sydney.

2:35 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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There was also a rally in Adelaide, with Labor Senator Penny Wong in attendance.

The unlikely hero of the day was Peppa Pig.

Peppa Pig, you'd have to think is one of the more unlikely political mascots, here at #bustthebudget rally again

mat_dunckley@mat_dunckley

Peppa Pig, you'd have to think is one of the more unlikely political mascots, here at #bustthebudget rally again

12:50 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Who led the Melbourne march with a plea to avoid ABC cuts.

Peppa pig busting some budget #bustthebudget #oink

Mike Collins@mikecollo

Peppa pig busting some budget #bustthebudget #oink

2:26 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The rally even stopped a wedding! But they were clearly saying "I do" to #bustthebudget.

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Under grey skies in Melbourne... placards became umbrellas.

NTEU Vic Division at Vic parliament #bustthebudget #ourcommunitycounts

NTEU Victoria@NTEUVictoria

NTEU Vic Division at Vic parliament #bustthebudget #ourcommunitycounts

2:49 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Police were advised to prepare for the #bustthebudget rallies... with some recent anti-government protests ending badly.

Not today though...

Good thing the police are protecting parliament from these union thugs! #bustthebudget #auspol #sarcasm

Evan McHugh@LoserMcHugh

Good thing the police are protecting parliament from these union thugs! #bustthebudget #auspol #sarcasm

2:34 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And the sign-game of those that attended was as strong as ever.

#auspol RT @Taradb: Love this sign at #bustthebudget 'Australia unsettled since Sept 2013'

orly@orrllyy

#auspol RT @Taradb: Love this sign at #bustthebudget 'Australia unsettled since Sept 2013'

2:35 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many of the signs played on pre-election promises/commitments/core-non-core promises.

“@jillyfrees: Pinnochio ain't got nothing on you - #bustthebudget ”

DavidJTwomey@DavidJTwomey

“@jillyfrees: Pinnochio ain't got nothing on you - #bustthebudget ”

2:33 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others were less backward in coming forward.

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Signs trying to cut to the bone.

Others made their point with Australian flags and spirax notepads.

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These guys took #bustthebudget literally.

And others reverted to acrostic sign making.

Australia's "more mature" crowd weren't going to miss out on the action.

Plenty of support from the more mature crowd, let's stick up for our pensioners. A fair go for all #bustthebudget

P A @tnsprofpunter

Plenty of support from the more mature crowd, let's stick up for our pensioners. A fair go for all #bustthebudget

2:31 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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And they were willing to embrace their senior status.

Troops gathering at Sydney town hall #BustTheBudget

Stephanie Wood@StephanieAWood1

Troops gathering at Sydney town hall #BustTheBudget

12:53 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Young people were well represented and ready to make their voices heard.

I'm here for the seniors and disabled who can't be. #BustTheBudget

Count Hex a-Lot@elronxenu

I'm here for the seniors and disabled who can't be. #BustTheBudget

2:50 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

With a familiar theme to avoid American style welfare, health and education policies.

Education cuts have energised young people.

And the university lecturers who showed up in numbers.

Massive NTEU contingent at the #BustTheBudget marching against cuts to higher education and core social services

Jane McGrath@JaneSarpax

Massive NTEU contingent at the #BustTheBudget marching against cuts to higher education and core social services

3:03 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And commit to a more fairer budget.

One of the Australians the Murdoch media likes to call 'Radical, Dangerous Leftists' at #BustTheBudget, Melb #auspol

News Australia@NewsAustralia

One of the Australians the Murdoch media likes to call 'Radical, Dangerous Leftists' at #BustTheBudget, Melb #auspol

2:08 PM - 06 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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