Photo taken at last weekends rally in Murbah to protest the bastard waterboys plan of damming our valley ..ect ...ect ...
Was not a bad turnout after a few weeks of the National Party candidate doing a spin campaign as they backtrack and try to say that it was only ever a recommendation to the states about ways they can fix there water problems. But loosing all credibility when she says ' its not like the federal government has any control over water..', whilst on the tv we are seeing our Dear Leader saying they will just legislate to gain control of the Murray/Darling system over reluctant states (and rightly reluctant with a federal government obsessed with privatizing every asset we have).
Anyway we marched around the two main streets of Murbah, banging drums and such. Not allowed to march on the road as such events are too strange for the hicksville coppers to comprehend how to deal with. The fights not over yet, the conservatives know this could be an election issue in this marginal seat, but are not committed to changing their decision officially and that is a worry with election promises to Queenslanders to be made in coming months. If this country finally wakes up and kicks out this government, well then we're safe ..or at least until johnnys descendants take back power and need to set up those long overdue nuclear power plants.
It was monkeyboys first foray into political protest, even had his own itty bitty sign and could read it (so proud). Funnily enough the first rally i went to as a kid was to save another river, the Franklin. Went along with my mum, much to my conservative fathers horror. Then at the next one my greenie neighbours built this giant platypus out of plastic pipe and heshian and about twenty of us kids climbed in underneath and carried it down the street during the march. Maybe it was the start of my interest in enviromental politics, i was a bit of a feral kid already running about the bush and to keep such places for my kids to run around in i discovered you may need to make alot of noise to save and sometimes you are successful.
He's growing up so fast ..into a big kids bed now, a big kids car seat, no more bottles, almost conquered using the toilet and now booked in to start preschool in October ...he seems capable already so we thought why not :)
And the never ending questions have begun.
In other events and such things, not much to report. Its been fucking dry and all the land here is suffering after the minus temperatures a few weeks back (down to eight below). Everything is dead all around us and its kind of depressing. Scary as well with all the dead paddock grasses and the forest full of branches and leaves killed by frost, all ready to ignite in this bone dry weather. Already we've had fifty odd fires escape in recent months around the Tweed, most of them starting out as control burns by farmers trying to clear scrub or burn off dead tree piles. Thankfully the permit season has started a month early, but will still be a nasty fire season if no rain comes soon.
***This is my last post on the new old computer .. the always brilliant Jimmy is coming tomorrow and bringing me a frankenstein computer he built out of a couple of old ones he had. He's pretty excited about it, so i am even more (it can make music)***