The following is a speech delivered outside the office of federal Senator for NSW Concetta Fierravanti-Wells at the Wollongong climate rally on 29 November 2019.
G'day voters, and welcome to the show notes for the fifteenth episode of 3 White Guys + Guest, a political podcast for a cynical nation. Today, our plus guests are Toby Thompson from Extinction Rebellion Wollongong and Ben Gava from the Illawarra Climate Justice Alliance. This episode was recorded near the end of 2019 but the release was delayed by an unforeseen climate emergency.
The police crackdown on peaceful protesters at the rally outside the IMARC conference in Melbourne last week was completely disproportionate to the disruption they caused, with the overwhelming majority of the violence being instigated by the police. This was a very different episode because we felt the need to get stuck in on what is happening to democracy and civil rights in this country.