Even the worlds most liveable city, Melbourne, has social harmony issues and it’s tough being impartial covering events about fascism and counter fascism.


I thought that is what they were rallying against, immigrants.

On the one hand you have the right, their provocative (and often illiterate) signs. Outright ridiculous claims from experts about race and religion, Sri Lankans making jokes that they went on holiday to Queensland and got a tan, hence they’re now brown (true story). They claim a country as their own, that never really was in the first place and now, they say, there is no more room at the inn. Where would these people have been if the Aboriginal peoples had gun ships turning away boats? The English certainly did not want their ancestors and the rest have benefitted from various immigration schemes themselves. I even overheard one group joking that they were all English, once. You couldn’t make it up.

Attributes his colour to a tan he picked up in Queensland

Then you have the others, those supposedly standing up for human rights and rights to asylum, but they disgrace themselves by spitting and throwing projectiles at elderly women holding signs about halal food, ripping them off them to burn in the street. They isolate and physically attack supporters of fascist ideology. These supporters of fascist ideology may or may not do the same to minorities if given the chance, but it does not make it right to do it at your own counter rally when you are trying to highlight the life of violence they promote.


The scale of the problem is reflected in this United Nations of Reclaim Australia picture below. Nations present (not represented) include: Sri Lanka, Iraq, Scotland, England, Russia, Lithuania, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand and others. I couldn’t keep up in my astonishment of their polished routine.

When the indoctrination and conditioning is this strong, you need something better than counter violence to influence the argument. Don’t forget, these people have been taught to hate people that they do not understand, through a systematic approach by the state and global media industry. They may have had negative personal experiences that further reinforce that conditioning. It’s a tough problem to crack but they learned this rubbish, they can unlearn it too.

Something has got to give, people. You cannot win a battle of ideology through hating more aggressively than the opposition. Another world is possible and we must all strive to act appropriately to create it.

Below the line – day 3 and 4

“I’ve made it through my sugar and caffeine come down, the days are long though as I still have my day work to get through but my focus is coming back. After a rough couple of days I am now able to focus on whether or not I am hungry, hangry or just miserable because I don’t have any sugar flowing through me!”

The notes I took at the time whilst living below the line. 

I think gaining a true appreciation of chronic hunger can only be truly acheived after a prolonged period of doing so, I got to count down the days until I could gorge myself on as much as I wanted (if I wanted) and drink coffee until my heart jumped out of my chest. For the 1 billion plus people living constantly in chronic hunger, they have no such joy of an end to their situation. The different below the line or hunger projects do raise money for the cause and raises awareness for those of us that take part but how much change is it making really? I’ve always believed that by dropping pebbles in a pond we create ripples and if we drop enough, we can create tidal waves

But I am not going to make this another post about sugar and focus more on the good things going on out here in Melbourne for another group of hungry people – the homeless.

There is a fantastic coffee bar in Melbourne Central called Streat. 100% of their profits go to helping young homeless people and the coffee is great too. It’s kind of a pay it forward deal.

Then there is the soup kitchen in Degraves Street that, for a few dollars more, donates a meal to a homeless person who wants one. They have neat system that allows you to leave a message and they put that message into a bowl every time a meal is taken.

Then there is the food wagon outside St Paul’s Cathedral opposite Federation Square that does a mean meal too.  

If you’re in the Melbourne CBD area, support these places as they are making a difference to the people in their community. Embrace humanity, it’s a big universe and we might be all we have.