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Well, not exactly. This arvo I wandered along to the rally to Replace Hazelwood.
So who, or what, is Hazelwood?
Well, Hazelwood is only one of our biggest electrical suppliers. They only supply around about 25% of our electical needs here in Victoria.
That's a heck of a lot of power, and currently two political parties here want to close it down.
The Greens want it shut down within a few years (if not sooner), the Socialists (well, the Socialist Alternative bit) also want it shut down, and in a brief straw poll of one of my mates down in that neck of the woods, it's 50/50 on whether the locals want Hazelwood to remain or not.
My mate reckons it's smelly and horrible and polluting, but doesn't know what to replace it with, and her daughter prefers it remain or be replaced with nuclear.
I'd be happy for it to be replaced with nuclear, but in the meantime, I'd like to ask the following questions:
What will it be replaced with?
How can the government, if it does shut down the power station, guarantee that prices won't go through the roof? (Okay, trick question, since the gov't won't do that)
What happens when hospitals, schools, kindergartens, restaurants, supermarkets and other suppliers of goods and services can no longer afford the power bills?
I suspect that d) would be the answer that won't be spoken aloud. After all, you gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette.
And now for a bit of a picture of the show today.
The usual crowd of hippies and commies were out in small force.
And of course the obligatory giant papier mache head of Martin Ferguson.
So how many thousands of people went to this thing?
Apparently about 5000.
I went incognito on my own, because I wasn't too sure of what the mood of the crowd would be, and I only had a limited amount of time available.
I only went to observe, not to engage in any sort of dialogue. Not today. Since my views tend to be rather unpopular at Lefty rallies, it can get a bit confrontational and that's not a place to visit unaccompanied.
Plus I recognised an old commie from a rally a couple of years back.
Definitely not the time to engage!
Besides, quite a few people brought their kids along.
I guess that's one way to educate your child in the art of political activism.
(more pics here)