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#1
http://occupymelbourne.org/
We face similar problems with our democracy here in Victoria and Australia as people face in most other developed nations. Our democracy is unwell. Our elected representatives no longer represent their constituents, instead their ears are turned by wealthy lobby groups, whilst the common interests of the people they were elected to represent, are ignored. Some levels of our government are also rife with corruption.

It’s time our elected representatives actually started representing the 99% of the population who don’t have enormous wealth and political influence. Who suffer the social, economic and environmental consequences of corporate greed. Who work to generate enormous wealth for a mere 1% of the population.

Inspired by the actions of those striving for democracy in North Africa and the Middle East, and similar demonstrations throughout Europe and more recently, in the United States. From these events, “Occupy Together”, a global social movement for real democracy, has grown. It is from this global movement that Occupy Melbourne has grown.

Occupy Melbourne is not affiliated with any political party, Adbusters, Anonymous or any other organisation


I'm not exactly sure what they want. Or why they are even protesting, I'd hardly say that Australian politics is governed by the wealthy in any way compared to the US.
Seems pretty stupid to me

Thought's on this?
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#2
This is a worldwide problem. It may not be as bad in Australia (I don't know) but if they feel that they need to protest more power to them.
#3
TS you do realize that the rich have always governed what governments do. Its been happen since the beginning of time. Ever since a guy with more goats than anybody else in his tribe told the tribal chief to kill the other tribe because wants the goats for his herd.
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#4
Idiots who don't understand how an economy works, that's all. 99% of them don't know the meaning of the word poor.
#5
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#6
Quote by mulefish
http://occupymelbourne.org/



I'm not exactly sure what they want. Or why they are even protesting, I'd hardly say that Australian politics is governed by the wealthy in any way compared to the US.
Seems pretty stupid to me

Thought's on this?


Shame on you Australians. Out of curiousity, is "Chaser's War" still being made? It just started airing in New Zealand on Comedy Central, and it's showing episodes from when Rudd was in power.

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This is a worldwide problem. It may not be as bad in Australia (I don't know) but if they feel that they need to protest more power to them.


Fuck off. Ya'll niggas don't know about how kickass it is in New Zealand.
#7
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TS you do realize that the rich have always governed what governments do. Its been happen since the beginning of time. Ever since a guy with more goats than anybody else in his tribe told the tribal chief to kill the other tribe because wants the goats for his herd.

It is much more prevalent in the US then Australia. The rich definitely have an impact [mining super profits tax] But likening it to America is misinformed fear mongering.
To me this just seems like a weaker version of occupy wall street, with even less of an aim.
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that was a Sh*t joke

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Well, technically it could be done, but only in the same way that you could change a cat into a hamburger. It's an unpleasant process, and nobody is happy with the result.
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so uhhh, what exactly are they complaining, im in melbourne and even i duno wtf there on about
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#10
Who would've thunk that the Arab Spring would inspire the DEVELOPED nations to rise up and protest lmaaaaoooo
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#11
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Fuck off. Ya'll niggas don't know about how kickass it is in New Zealand.


That is exactly what the next sentence in my post said.
#12
But I thought Melbourne was already occupied..........................................................by Foreign cab drivers.
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#13
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so uhhh, what exactly are they complaining, im in melbourne and even i duno wtf there on about


In general they are fed up with the super rich having control of the way the country is run. They feel that a very small amount of people exert far more control with their money than the masses could ever do in a voting booth, and they want that fixed.
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Quote by devourke
Shame on you Australians. Out of curiousity, is "Chaser's War" still being made? It just started airing in New Zealand on Comedy Central, and it's showing episodes from when Rudd was in power.


Fuck off. Ya'll niggas don't know about how kickass it is in New Zealand.

Nah not really. Although it really went downhill after they did APEC stunt, as after that everyone knew about them, and they couldn't do some of their funny stunts without being identified.
Now they have a new show called the Hamster wheel. Which is pretty good, but different:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93Dsgp0ocIs
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#15
Ya know, i understand not understanding protesters without specific demands.

What I do not understand is ridiculing them for not understanding why, after years of just as much hard work as the wealthy, they are trampled upon.
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#16
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That is exactly what the next sentence in my post said.


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#17
I honestly don't get what all this "Occupy" crap is. Can someone fill me in?
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I honestly don't get what all this "Occupy" crap is. Can someone fill me in?


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Quote by iwannabesedated
This is a worldwide problem. It may not be as bad in Australia (I don't know) but if they feel that they need to protest more power to them.

We have very similar problems. Mostly regarding that 'class' gap and the attitude towards the poor.

I said it about the wall street one, and I'll say it about this one: Get your priorities right. Plan first, protest later.
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Quote by Butt Rayge
We have very similar problems. Mostly regarding that 'class' gap and the attitude towards the poor.

I said it about the wall street one, and I'll say it about this one: Get your priorities right. Plan first, protest later.


I would disagree, because the charm of this protest is that it's mostly unplanned. The idea that people just started protesting without it being an organized effort is almost romantic.
#22
Occupy my anus.


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#24
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I honestly don't get what all this "Occupy" crap is. Can someone fill me in?


It started with a blog on adbusters which wanted people to 'Occupy Wallstreet' as they believed that the super wealthy controlled politics. Their aim was to get a Presidential Commission to seperate money from politics. 4chan found out about 'Occupy Wallstreet' and expanded the pool of people that knew about it, but also changed the message to the "We are the 99%, they are the 1%" that you hear about. As you probably know, the original demand is now known by barely anyone in the movement which is now full of hipsters and people just wanting to protest.

Now it's spreading for some random reason.
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It started with a blog on adbusters which wanted people to 'Occupy Wallstreet' as they believed that the super wealthy controlled politics. Their aim was to get a Presidential Commission to seperate money from politics. 4chan found out about 'Occupy Wallstreet' and expanded the pool of people that knew about it, but also changed the message to the "We are the 99%, they are the 1%" that you hear about. As you probably know, the original demand is now known by barely anyone in the movement which is now full of hipsters and people just wanting to protest.

Now it's spreading for some random reason.


It's spreading because people are generally in favor of "redistributing the wealth" as the right wing likes to call it.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20120052-503544.html
#26
Quote by mulefish
Nah not really. Although it really went downhill after they did APEC stunt, as after that everyone knew about them, and they couldn't do some of their funny stunts without being identified.
Now they have a new show called the Hamster wheel. Which is pretty good, but different:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93Dsgp0ocIs

I really like the Hamster Wheel It has many aspects of the old show, but I think it's smarter.
#27
They want to feel as if their meaningless lives are contributing to something.
#28
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They want to feel as if their meaningless lives are contributing to something.


But that's how we all feel.
#29
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I really like the Hamster Wheel It has many aspects of the old show, but I think it's smarter.

In general I'd agree. Some of it's still stupid though.
But yeah, I like it too.

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I would disagree, because the charm of this protest is that it's mostly unplanned. The idea that people just started protesting without it being an organized effort is almost romantic.

But then it loses credibility.
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#31
I'm impressed with these sorts of grassroots advancements towards international solidarity. This is fantastic.
#32
Quote by mulefish
In general I'd agree. Some of it's still stupid though.
But yeah, I like it too.


But then it loses credibility.

I always get distracted by the twitter feed.
#33
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But then it loses credibility.


I disagree. If it was unorganized in the first place it gaining organization and strength over time would only help to strengthen its credibility.
#34
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I always get distracted by the twitter feed.

Some of them are amazing
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#35
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I disagree. If it was unorganized in the first place it gaining organization and strength over time would only help to strengthen its credibility.

+1

I think a bottom-up, spontaneous organization of protesters disenfranchised with the failures of capitalism is inspiring if anything. I don't see how the impromptu nature of the protests eliminates their credibility.
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+1

I think a bottom-up, spontaneous organization of protesters disenfranchised with the failures of capitalism is inspiring if anything. I don't see how the impromptu nature of the protests eliminates their credibility.


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Fuck off. Ya'll niggas don't know about how kickass it is in New Zealand.



It'd be more kick ass if Bill and Ben had got into parliament.
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#38
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+1

I think a bottom-up, spontaneous organization of protesters disenfranchised with the failures of capitalism is inspiring if anything. I don't see how the impromptu nature of the protests eliminates their credibility.


But Wall Street was planned more than 2 months in advance.
#39
Quote by devourke
But Wall Street was planned more than 2 months in advance.


The beginnings of the protest have little to do with what it has become.
#40
Quote by due 07
+1

I think a bottom-up, spontaneous organization of protesters disenfranchised with the failures of capitalism is inspiring if anything. I don't see how the impromptu nature of the protests eliminates their credibility.

But not having any demands or a clear goal defeats the purpose of the protest. How can they achieve anything if they don't know what they're trying to achieve?
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