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The federal government’s ‘ruthless agenda’ will be the focus of Rage Against Abbott rally in Lismore tomorrow featuring performers, comics and visual artists.

Group actions in recent times have shown just how much power ‘people’ actually have.

Sometimes the thundering people’s voice can re-emerge even from the darkest depths, and their song can become louder and louder when voters are prepared to let the ‘powers that be’ know that they are as mad as hell and plan to do something about it.

On a local level, shocked and offended by what they call ‘the Abbott government’s ruthless agenda’, promoters Darren ‘Sideshow’ Bridge and Laurie Axtens have drawn together a huge array of performers, comics and visual artists to Rage Against Abbott on Saturday.

‘Rage Against Abbott is an all-ages event, rich with music and laughs, where our creative community will be expressing the full depth of our disappointment and disgust at the Liberal-Nationals’ attack on things which make this nation great’, Mr Axtens said.

‘We have summoned a stellar line up of musicians and performers to put on a huge show. Indeed we have had to turn away bands, such is the depth of feeling against Abbott’s cruel agenda. The night will be full of colour and light and rock and world music, and will be an amazing celebration of this community we love.’

The show at the Italo Club in Lismore will see clowns, circus performers, poets, comics and musicians including Mick Daley and the Democratic Outbursts, Davey Bob Ramsey, the Blue Skillet Rovers, and headliners from Sydney, the New Christs take the stage.

‘Our community’s significant victory over Metgasco at Bentley proved that the Liberal-National party’s undemocratic agenda will not be tolerated in the northern rivers,’ Mr Axtens said.

‘This electorate has endured over 50 years of conservative rule, so it’s definitely the time for change’, he said.

‘If you’re feeling lied to or cheated by Abbott’s attack on all things which make a civil society, don’t sit at home venting your spleen at the television. Get yourself to the Italo Club on 23 August and join the rest of the community to Rage Against Abbott.’

Candidates for the seat of Lismore, Adam Guise (Greens) and Isaac Smith (Labor) will be speaking on the night.

Punters are encouraged to bring along a placard to go in the great Anti-Abbott placard competition, and organisers say prizes will be awarded for the ‘most exacting’ placard.

Rage Against Abbott – starts at 5pm, Italo Club, Barrow Lane, North Lismore. $20 entry at the door.

Proceeds for the evening will go to the Northern Rivers Greens.

Food and alcohol available on the night.

Lineup includes: The New Christs; Mick Daley and the Democratic Outbursts; Davey Bob Ramsey; The Blue Skillet Rovers; S Sorrensen MC; Antibodies; The Argonauts; Trihedra; James Brook; Ben Wilson (Button Collective); Burlesque with Phoebe Joy & Scarlett Night; React Circus; Clowns against Gas.



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  1. Hi Richard,
    This event is a Greens fundraiser because we rely on fundraisers to run election campaigns against the mining/developer monies of the Liberal/National parties.
    I hope to see you there!


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