In Canberra, in a hotel, naturally I watch the latest political news and get ready for the first part of the morning before breakfast. I don't have a TV and nor do I miss it however, in most hotel rooms I've been in, you can't pick up the AM radio band. I just watch TV for the news, really, at 6.12am. There is ongoing speculation about the leadership. This is our democracy's achilles heel, it really shouldn't be taking so long to sort out.
|The news and the day ahead, |
Naturally, Canberra is cold and not really t-shirt weather but we will brave the elements for the cause. For a liberal democracy we have quite strict rules regarding protest: in Queensland, one must seek a police permit to march; some of us are of an age to recall where three people congregating in Queen Street Mall could result in a 'move on' notice...and here in Canberra at our greatest symbol of democracy (or that could be the 'Museum of Australian Democracy' down the road; as someone quipped, 'that's where you find democracy now, in a museum'...discuss) outside Parliament House, there are rules. We must stand on one side of the road, behind the railings, do not carry banners over that railing, do not stand on the footpath, if you wish to approach the entrance of parliament house, do not take placards, do not take banners, t-shirts for this purpose are considered placards--take them off or cover up...do not chant. Crikey.
We do approach the entrance, t-shirts are kind of disguised under jumpers and jackets, we 'sing' a bit in protest. There is a bit of media coverage. We head back to the uni, via the tent embassy, for the day's proceedings.
eye always sees...
|Stepping stones, at 6.12pm|
There is much more discussion subsequently and tomorrow is the main day of debate and voting...unfortunately for me, commitments north mean I will miss the critical moment...but before that, following a post-meeting drink in the Fellows' Room, it is off to a local Vietnamese restaurant with some Qld colleagues, a further informal caucus and much jolly chat. It's a bit of a pressure release and quite enjoyable. It's needed, for tomorrow beckons.