We were really happy to support a great action at Parliament House in Canberra on the 21st June. We headed from Melbourne with a contingent of folks from Quit Coal to support a large civil disobedience action in support of rights to clean air, land and water. Over 120 people blocked access to the main doors of parliament calling for a right to veto intrusions on their land by coal and gas companies. There are some great pictures from Lock the Gate, and a good video from Prime News here.
Highlights were people from all walks of life sharing their stories – landowners, tourism operators, farmers – and then we had the gas girls, and knitting nana’s who were merrily rampaging around assaulting people with knitted beanies – it was hard to make a call whether Bob Katter, Larrisa Waters or Christine Milne looked best in yellow, but comedy points definitely go to Bob Katter generally. We got quite a few visitors from Parliamentarians and eventually media, who might have been a bit slow off the bat due to the Midwinter Ball the night before.
You can check live updates from the Guardian during the day and check out our twitter and the hashtag #calltocountry to belatedly follow the action. In the end it was a job well done – the federal police obviously baulked at dragging nana’s off and bulk civil disobedience arrests so left us to peacefully occupy and block the front entrance for hours – great outcomes all round!