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    Posted on 6 Jul 2014

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

    Big protests around Australia against the controversial 2014 budget.

    Another Sunday, another day of protests in Australia against the Federal Government’s 2014 budget.

    AAP / Paul Miller

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    Signs trying to cut to the bone.

    Others made their point with Australian flags and spirax notepads.

    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

    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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