This past Saturday a protest titled the “March on Morrison” was held in Sydney. Apparently the protesters, incensed by the bushfires that have been an annual aspect of the Australian wilderness since before federation were upset that the Prime Minister had (in their view) failed to make sufficient sacrifices to propitiate the angry gods presumably responsible.
The usual crowd marched the usual way chanting the usual lines with the usual signs and giant puppets created by the usual university arts departments. And even more usually the media completely ignored the extremists who had organised the event in the first place.
So who were these organisers? Well let’s go through the list they provided themselves.
Uni Students for Climate Justice: The main group on the list of organisers for the “March on Morrison” was “Uni Students For Climate Justice”. As anyone who has been paying attention recently would know (a group which apparently doesn’t include those in Australia’s media class) “Uni Students for Climate Justice” was founded earlier this year with the purpose of busing in university students to jack up the numbers at the March 15th “Climate school strikes”. After that it was rolled into Anti-Adani protests, first in Queensland then in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide. It then supported (and in many cases supplanted) the emergence of the “Extinction Rebellion” branded events.
And it has, since it’s beginning been a front group for the revolutionary Marxist organisation Socialist Alternative (SAlt). Every spokesperson for the group in every city in Australia has been an organiser or an activist for SAlt. From Catherine Robertson and Carl Jackson in Brisbane to Lily Campbell and Hersha Kadkol in Sydney to Kath Larkin and Anneke Demanuele in Melbourne to Sage Jupe and Madeleine Edhouse in Adelaide to Kim Stern and Priya De in Canberra.
Dozens of protest have been called across the course of this year under the “Uni Students for climate justice” banner in half a dozen cities and they have always been led and organised by the same people from the same organisation.
Spreading the climate strike: While it doesn’t appear to be much more than a seldom updated WordPress site and a Facebook page with about 200 likes “Spreading the Climate Strike” has had time to put out a few press releases. The only named spokesperson on any of them is one Thandi Bethune, who just happens to be a member of the revolutionary Trotskyist group Solidarity, a much smaller and more Sydney-centric cousin to Socialist Alternative. Imagine that.
Workers for climate Action: Workers for climate action presents itself as a united front of organised unionists joined together to combat their own jobs. In reality on closer inspection it looks like just another Marxist “outreach group” with a few junior union officials out the front to add a bit of respectability. They’ve done better than “Spreading the Climate strike” however; Workers for climate action have almost 1,500 Facebook likes and even have a semi regular bulletin!
Well done them.
Of course in the most recent bulletin the first article is written by Miro Sandev who just like Thandi Bethune is a member of the Solidarity group. I guess you can’t keep Trotskyists out of anywhere, least of all a “March on Morrison”.
FIRE (Fighting in Resistance Equally): Wow was this a bad acronym to bring to a protest about bushfires or what? FIRE is a small group of Aboriginal activists who kind of lend themselves out to radical left wing groups who feel the need to sanctify their protest with the presence of a few magical indigenous people. They even let one of the very small group of FIRE-fighters “Uncle” Vic Simms open the “March on Morrison” rally with a rambling, ranting diatribe presumably about how whitey-be-bad.
Extinction Rebellion Sydney/NSW: As noted above in most areas of Australia Extinction Rebellion has been infiltrated/taken over by Socialist Alternative or more usually their front groups. The most common spokespeople/leaders for Extinction Rebellion in Sydney are Chloe Rafferty and Lily Campbell, both of Socialist Alternative. Both have incidentally been arrested this year, Chloe for throwing a full cup of coffee over an attendee at the conservative CPAC conference and Lily for leading an Extinction Rebellion protest earlier this year. Regardless of how many times Socialist Alternative activists show up as Extinction Rebellion spokespeople and no matter how many red flags now adorn Extinction Rebellion protests the media has never and will never mention the extremist affiliations of those involved. Since nearly all of their key activists in Sydney are already members of “Uni Students for Climate Justice” one can assume they didn’t add much in the way of numbers to
Speaking of extremist affiliations…
David Shoebridge MLC: David Shoebridge has in recent times gained the rather impressive distinction of being the elected Greens member with the most connections to Marxist extremist groups. He was of course aided in this achievement by the fact that Lee Rhiannon was forced to step down from her Senate seat due to the great NSW Greens Civil war, but still impressive considering that Rhainnon’s replacement Mehreen Faruqi has been spotted speaking at multiple Socialist Alternative events and even at a rally for convicted anarchist murderer Jock Palfreeman.
Only a decades long dedication to associating with the most extreme political nutcases in Australian society could top that. So it’s a good thing that’s exactly what David has done.
In both 2017 and 2018 he was a featured speaker at conferences of the Solidarity group. It must again be emphasised that Solidarity is a revolutionary Trotskyist party that openly states that it wants to overthrow the government and implement a totalitarian state. This is especially interesting since in December last year allegations were made by then Greens MPs Cate Faehrmann and Justin Field that Shoebridge and his radical faction were working with the Solidarity group in a plot to infiltrate the NSW Greens and force the party even further to the extreme left.
Shoebridge has also had a close association with the Socialist Alliance having been regularly seen at their events including their party conference in 2012, has been pictured holding their banners and on two occasions in 2011 and 2014 even contributed articles for their newspaper Green Left Weekly. In June this year Shoebridge also spoke at a rally in Sydney in defence of Socialist Alliance member, devoted communist and convicted criminal Stephen Langford.
This year Shoebridge also attended the National Union of Students conference to add his support to the motion that the NUS should back the previously mentioned Socialist Alternative front group “Uni students for climate justice” and posed for photographs alongside Socialist Alternative members. The same group with whom he organised the “March on Morrison”.
So that’s three Trotskyist groups David is chummy with. One might have been a mistake and two could be clumsiness, but three? That’s so obvious even an Australian journalist may have noticed.
But of course they didn’t
And thats the point. David Shoebridge, Socialist Alternative and Solidarity were able to organise a march of thousands to call for the deposition of a sitting Prime Minister without anyone in the media pointing it out. This as always allowed them to present themselves to their potential centre left audience as good moderate lefties just like themselves, which in turn allowed them to draw in more young and naive lefty uni students which are the raw material for the political machines that keep these extremist groups going.
In a very real sense the most extreme, best organised and most violent political groups in Australia who openly state they want to overthrow the government are able to keep growing because soft-left sympathizers in the media feel that there’s no need to point out their extremist associations.
And for anyone who loves Australia and our culture, honours our past and hopes for good things for our future this is slightly worrying. Perhaps even slightly more than slightly.