It’s simple, it’s all about money!
‘Organisers of a protest against Australia Day have asked attendees to bring cash and bank cards to “pay the rent” to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Thousands of people are expected to gather in the Melbourne CBD for the Invasion Day rally which aims to abolish Australia’s national day — a day organisers say is “built on the stealing of our lands and the massacres of our people”.
More than 4000 people have agreed to attend the event between 11am-2pm at Parliament House.
Organisers from WAR: Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance say they want Australians to know they do not accept “racist and discriminatory policing practices and courts which incarcerate our people at the highest levels in the world” and “our people being killed at the hands of police, prisons, hospitals and healthcare providers”.
Part of a remedy, they say, is payment. But it’s not an idea that went over well with everybody.
Melbourne radio host Neil Mitchell took exception to the idea on his breakfast show on Monday after WAR published a guide for “how to act in solidarity” that included instructions to “bring cash and cards on the day to pay the rent”.
“How do we know where they’ll use the money?” Mitchell asked. “You don’t freely go out and collect money without being accountable … I hand over $20, what happens to it?”
Speaking with Lidia Thorpe, the former Greens MP and first Aboriginal woman in Victoria’s Parliament, Mitchell asked, “Is it really about money?”
“Look, it’s about reparations,” she said.’ Reparations or extortion? To read more go to https://www.news.com.au/national/politics/organisers-of-melbourne-invasion-day-rally-want-protesters-to-paytherent/news-story/039a497a7f3ffa375ed65aab4be824c1