Showing posts with label protest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label protest. Show all posts

Darwin Rebellion had Three Main Causes

All kids are instructed in history class about the Eureka Stockade yet they don't find out about the rebellion in Darwin. The Northern Territory was absorbed by South Australia in 1863. In 1911 the national government took control of the NT. Dr John Gilruth was named overseer. He had extraordinary plans to build up the region, however he was standoffish and would not tune in to the people. The administrator was involved in opening a meat works and would not deal with workers. Thus, Vesteys Meatworks fizzled.

On December 16, 1918 Dr Gilruth did not allow two bar workers at the Victoria Hotel to take night off in order to go to a gathering commemorating the finish of WWI. The union leader Harold Nelson went to the police headquarters and got a permit for a street march. Four weks later a gathering of men walked from Vesteys Meatworks to Government House. The little gathering of dissenters developed into a horde of thousands.

Things became serious. Individuals requested the director. Dr Giruth to stand down. The administrator turned spoke to the crowd which exacerbated the situation. The group moved into the grounds of Government House and a likeness of him was torched. To quell the disturbance the Royal Navy took control. The manager remained in a virtual jail for the following two months.

Dr Gilruth unobtrusively left in the night, late February. The circumstance stayed much the same for Territorians. Strikes increased. Individuals left to seek work elsewhere. The single positive thing to come out of the rebellion was the NT picking up a non-casting a ballot at the national House of Representatives.

There can be not question that different components added to the defiance action. The cost of ale rose 30 percent from 1915 to 1918 because hotels in Darwin were nationalized. New legislation in 1911 preferenced white laborers over Chinese. This increased the power of unions.

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Crowd at Darwin rebellion

Do-Gooders Steam off in Anger

Our freedom of speech is under attack from do-gooders who want to stop others expressing their views. There is a bit of nastiness in all of use. We do not act on this because our sense of humour can be used to smooth things out.

A case in point is the adoption of bumper stickers with "Kangaroos, run the buggers over" written on them by a rental caravan company. This is dry wit and harmless fun. If you do try to run them down you will be arrested. Even the RSPCA protested. It would be expected that the Australian Society for Kangaroos would have something to say.

The company did remove the stickers, though they should have left them because even bad advertising sells.
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Save the Rabbit!

It's amazing. With all the suffering in the world from hunger and war, you would think people would be concerned about something other than a rabbit. No home can be found for Copper the rabbit so the Humane Society has decided to euthanize the animal. People are up in arms about this. There have been protesters in the street holding placards. Pleas for the rabbit to be spared have come from all over the world.

The little animal has a feisty disposition, apparently. It bit a society worker. Veterinarians have found Copper to be unfit for rehabilitation. Many have said they will take him, but the society does not want to be held responsible for any consequent injuries.

This outpouring of concern is touching. Yet there is no such reaction for the thousands of dogs and cats euthanized every day. Humans have really unusual feelings about the external world. They don't worry about the cow that was slaughtered to make the pie they are eating. But end the life of a pony or a cuddly rabbit and they are impassioned to the nth degree.
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