Photographer's Note

15 November 2005, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

A mixed crowd of workers, their families, students, academics, employees and professionals gathered at the Carlton Gardens as part of the National Day of Protest against Federal Government changes to the Industrial Relations Act.

Estimates for attendance range between 100,000-250,000 in Victoria alone and this event constituted the largest mass gathering in protest since the Anti-War protests that preceeded the 2003 Iraq War.

Here, a young girl, her family, and supporters alike respond to the cheers of the on-stage talent-- the day featured a mix of speakers from elements of the assembled unions and professions and musicial support acts that turned out a multitude of songs rallying everyone to the cause.

The wide cross section of people made the event feel more like a giant picnic with a cause than the violent and passionate clashes between 'professional activists' and police often portrayed and dramatised on television.

2005 has been a significant year for politics in Australia-- curiously enough, the proposed (and now passed) IR and University Student Union reforms were not announced during the last (2004) Federal Election and will probably be forgotten by the next one, as is the usual cycle in Australian politics.

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