Something over four thousand turned out for one of the biggest student-based demonstrations in Melbourne in recent years – colourful contingents from a range of campuses, supported by trade unionists, especially NTEU members.
Proceedings began as usual with speeches at the State Library, with Martin Kingham of the CFMEU pledging support and reminding students that their fight is a common struggle with the trades unions – he called for large student turnout in support of the planned union rally on 30th June.
A noisy march led by amazingly energetic cheerleaders went down Swanston St, along Bourke St to Parliament House, where a small group in blue t-shirts were stationed behind police lines. The afternoon ended with a concert and food in the Treasury Gardens, with Rod Quantock regaling the crowd by cutting Brendan Nelson down to size.
A great cheer marked the arrival of the contingent from VCA:
And this group too – ?from Melbourne University:
More photos from the rally and march:
More things threatened by VSU (if you’re wondering why they’re looking up, check the next photo):
Research officer from NSU on the job:
Another threatened area:
NTEU members make common cause with students:
Not clear if this the full membership of group. Their pro-VSU heckling was met by a powerful chant of “Howard’s a wanker”, which may not have done much to raise the tone of debate, but what can you reply to the sort of thing shown in the next photo?
Had a lot of trouble getting a fix on this group during the march, and finally caught them in the gardens – quite appropriate really: