As the residents of Victoria descended onto Bourke St to march up from the state library to Parliament steps, the energy was high. To have so many people come together to make a stand against the new pandemic bill about to be put to the upper house this coming week and voted on, sets a precedent to those in their elected seats to listen to those who have voted for you.
Marching with a rough figure of 20,000, you would think that our message gets to those who need to hear us. At the steps, we had a few speeches, the infamous violinist who brings a haunting rendition of our anthem, and a song that we all resonate with. Plus the didgeridoo! We are all united no matter how hard the government tries to divide us. It doesn’t matter who you are, what your background is, we are all Australian. And just want to be heard. Live freely without any Draconian restrictions.
After the speeches and so forth, we headed down to the governor of Victoria’s residence or place of business. The crowd had grown massively and all were happy to trek the distance. A few more speeches, a prayer and a minutes silence to remember the impact mental health and suicide has impacted on us all over the last 20 months. Nobody was left out and everybody was in such high spirits, that the walk back to Flinders St was one of kinship. We all parted our ways, feeling energized and hopeful in our fight to bring democracy back to this once livable state.