"Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently gave reporters in Canberra a “lesson”
in what kinds of protest he thinks work best.
Last week, he condemned Extinction Rebellion protesters who sprayed graffiti on
Parliament House and the Lodge, set fire to a pram and superglued themselves to
the ground, demanding more action on climate change. Morrison described this as
“foolishness” and not the “Australian way”.
That is not the way we go forward.
In the same breath, he praised the efforts of a woman — Frances — who holds a
“strong climate target = strong economy” placard outside parliament
(incidentally, she is also an Extinction Rebellion member).
She’s there almost every morning and she makes this point every day, and she
gives me a wave and she gives me a smile. I’ll tell you what, I’m listening
Without diminishing Frances’ efforts, evidence around what form of protest is
most effective in promoting social and political change suggests disruptive
protests tend to be the game changers once avenues for polite protest prove
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics