I Should’ve Been a Ballerina
Tony Abbott, ever the man of the people, recently announced one of the most callous and uncaring budgets in recent history. Amongst the highlights for you young twenty-something’s who are looking at getting a head start in life is the deregulation of university fees, a 6 month wait for Centrelink assistance if you lose your job and an increase in the fees for GP visits.
Of course it gets worse if you are a pensioner, indigenous Australian or a public servant. But, you know, fuck ‘em, right? So, seeing as the Abbott government systematically pissed off a huge proportion of the community, they decided to have their say on the streets. The March in May was held on Sunday as the follow up to the successful March in March. The turnout was excellent with thousands coming down to Belmore Park to vent their frustration.
One of the most interesting things, I found, was the variety of different groups that decided to come and show their anger at the budget decision. There were groups of surfies brandishing their ‘budget smuggler’ signs (I don’t know what it means, but I’m a fan), there were skaters, young families, refugees, the elderly – in fact, almost every section of the community was represented.
The budget wasn’t all cuts and bad news. I doubt you would have any reason to complain if you were a business owner, an owner of a construction firm, in the military, a chaplain or strangely enough, a ballerina, all of who saw some degree of support from the government coffers. Presumably, if you aren’t part of any of those groups you’re some lefty scum who loves nothing more than living off the hard work of others. That’s right grandma, I’m talking to you, with your fancy pensioners discounts - the age of entitlement is over!
By Sean Bruce
Photography Nathan Harmond