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Around 150 gathered to protest last Friday about what they feel were divisive and inflammatory comments made by the Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan, after the series of national Black Lives Matter protests held on Saturday, June 6.

On June 7, Mr Hogan said on his Facebook page [quoted verbatim below] under a heading of ‘Black Lives Do Matter’, that the protest in Lismore was not okay.

‘Saturday’s protest in Lismore was not okay. People have had to miss funerals of loved ones. Many events have been cancelled, including ANZAC Day. Many people have lost their jobs.

‘This has happened because they have been compelled to abide by social distancing laws.

‘For the protestors (well over 500 in Lismore) to completely ignore these requirements on Saturday, risks the health of everyone.

‘All the sacrifices made by so many people was completely disregarded.

‘I will be accused of all sorts of things by making these comments. What happened in the U.S. was a terrible crime. Black lives do matter. Deaths in custody are unacceptable. The right to protest is a right we should always have.

‘That been said, Saturday’s protest, while I understand the intention, was irresponsible. I feel for those who have made sacrifices through COVID. It was completely disregarded on Saturday. The health advances we have made have been put at great risk.’

Posters on the windows at Kevin Hogan MP’s office. Photo supplied

Lismore Black Lives Matter

Hosted by the Lismore Black Lives Matter Movement, protesters hoped to highlight the movement and maintain the sentiment of the issue. ‘We are keeping the fire and momentum going, until this government listens, until there is justice and equality in this country for our people,’ said the event page. ‘Because BLM.’ [quoted verbatim below]

‘We Are Keeping The Fire & Momentum Going Until This Government Listens Until There Is Justice & Equality In This Country For Our People Because BLM.

‘We Are Also Rallying & Petitioning Against MP Kevin Hogan For Opening Up His Gob & Causing A Racist War & Giving White Supremacists The Opportunity To Fire & Respond To His Bias Comments & Causing Division In Our Community & Not Taking Our Struggles & Fight For Justice Into Consideration But Targeting Our Protests For Votes So Due To His Actions

‘We Ask For Kevin Hogan To Apologise To Our People & Stand Down Or Be Stood Down So Please Sign The Petition. We Are Also Calling Upon The Minister For Correctional Services To Take Action & To Be Accountable For All The Black Men & Women Lives Taken At The Hands Of Their Corrective Service Offices (Screws) While In Incarnation & That Justice Be Served & These Officers Charged & Sentenced At The Full Force Of Your Law For Murder We Also Ask That The Police Commissioner Take Action & Accountability Against Police Brutality That Have Taken So Many Black Lives In This Country Also

‘We Ask For Justice To Be Served & For A Full Inquiring Into All Deaths In Custody By Police & Corrective Services.’

Delegates went to Hogan’s office

On Friday, all those gathered waited at the Transit Centre while four delegates went to Mr Hogan’s office to deliver a petition and letters. They were told that Mr Hogan was ‘not in’, and gave their material to the receptionist.

Several Indigenous people shared stories during the event about deaths in custody, police mistreatment and targeting behaviour, ongoing oppression and systemic racism.

Organisers say the protest was held in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions with distancing, masks and sanitiser.

Echonetdaily contacted Mr Hogan’s PR person in regard to this, but to date, we have not had a response.

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  1. Not only are Hogan’s comments divisive & inflammatory, they are incorrect, as social distancing & other precautions were in force. He is just like his other right-wing mates! Just lie, & stir up trouble to impress HIS mob! Unfortunately a lot of people don’t know the truth about a lot of false right-wing things that are written & spoken by these nasty politicians. It is reassuring to see the young people taking a principled stand against these false hoods!

  2. While it greaves me deeply, to have to defend this candidate from the most backward,ignorant and irrelevant collection of red-necks in the country, the fact is what he said is undeniably true.
    Those responsible, for jeopardising the lives of those too easily manipulated or illeducated to understand the stupidity of their illadvised action, should be ashamed. It is easily understood why these people feel it is a wonderful opportunity to jump on the band-wagon of those in America ,who truly are oppressed, in order to further their political ambitions and gain even greater access to free grants.
    However it is obvious that COVID19 is a real threat to life and any gatherings risks emulating the death rates in USA.and not just a political expedience.

  3. A black Policeman in Minneapolis shot and killed a totally innocent white Australian woman,
    No worldwide riots about that.
    A black man with a record is killed by a police officer totally different outcome.
    Kevin Hogan should be making a fuss about the brutality of the local Police before they kill someone.

  4. While not a LNP supporter I stand with hogan on this. Great sacrifice has been experienced in keeping us all from this virus. We do not need such demonstrations at this time no matter the reason. All lives matter. Deaths in custody are very disturbing whatever the “colour”. I wonder whether civilisation has failed. Perhaps we should be hunter gathers again.

  5. Marie i assume you are in the First people’s communities helping out with the DV ?
    In Australia we have come a long way in repairing Our past with the Custodians of this land Marie
    And to suggest anything different would be Absolute nonsense!! You talk about right wing
    Pollies etc ..the left are poisonous and do more to divide all people’s.. they support the defunding of the police force, condone the mob mentality, thugs who would not have a glue about history
    Smash down BLM businesses and steal . These protesters are selfish . What happened in America
    Dos not happen here . And your ABC supports all of the Above . Who would want to be a Police person
    What message dos this send to the Cadets .
    Well said Ken !!

  6. Would be inspiring to hear a decent politician being passionate and outspoken about Aboriginal Deaths In Custody and the inhumane treatment of Aboriginal people rather than making a fuss and trying to demonise people who DO care about the welfare of First Australians.

    NOT ONE case of corvid19 has been traced to any Black Lives Matter protest.

    As a well-paid so-called representative of his community, Mr Hogan’s time and energy would be better spent apologizing for the inhumane treatment of Aboriginal people, and lobbing his colleagues to ensure changes are made to legislation so that people who have committed minor crimes, or, no crime, cannot be locked up in police cells or gaols and left to die.

    But when you’re part of a Coalition that went to great lengths to water down the Native Title legislation after Edie Mabo had to fight all the way to the High Court to prove Aboriginal people were the rightful owners of the land, that’s never going to happen.

  7. I did not make ‘a stand’ on Friday…. because I was
    once again in hospital for day surgery that has
    fluctuated 4 times. Now, my opinion of Hogan
    is well known. The Federal so-called louts who
    run this country are a mob of useless, indifferent
    shades of race & colour. Indeed Hogan needs
    to use his mostly useless clout by reigning in
    police brutality. The stand the young have taken
    deserve commending. No laws were broken.
    Voices need to be heard & followed. Deniers!
    Just go & get a life.

  8. While the Covid risks were potential, the 430 deaths in custody (since the Royal Commission into Deaths in Custody) were actual . Potential deaths Vs actual and ongoing Aboriginal deaths was the dilemma considered by attendees,, with a great number deciding the risk was of lessor importance than the risk of ongoing deaths.
    Byron Black lives Matter Rally video
    Organised by the local mobs’ Bunyarra Culture Collective.
    Video and music production by our young people

  9. Oh ,come on you lot ,sober up !
    I do thank Barrow for his endorsement, but don’t get me wrong . I hold the police, there and here, responsible for the murder of those at their mercy, and I couldn’t give a rat’s arse about those stupid enough to think being a ‘Cadet’ is an honourable persuit.
    …And while Louise is searching in vain for an ‘honest politician’ she would be well advised that Edie Mabo was NOT an aboriginal and all the landrights legistration is based on this lie.
    It doesn’t matter that 432 blacks have died in custody ,what matters is people are dying . How many others have died ? You don’t know !, because other people don’t have this racist public relations, publicaly funded , machine at there disposal !
    John should realise that ,while some idiot plays Russian roulette and doesn’t die, it is still not a sane pursuit.
    Cheers G”)

  10. Ken — perhaps we should be using the term
    ‘Indigenous People.’ Indigenous people are
    descended from groups of people that
    lived in Australia & the surrounding islands
    NB: The Torres Strait.

  11. The health orders prohibit large gatherings in public and gatherings at which there is no record of attendance. That is part of social distancing and to attend such a gathering is to flaunt the orders and is not social distancing. Australian health authorities are concerned masks give a false sense of security and the demonstrators are a perfect example of that.
    The flaunting of the health orders by demonstrators was the first very public breach of the social contract in Australia that we were in this together and we needed to stick to the irksome rules to keep our community safe . Together with other visible signs of loosening of the orders, such as football matches, the demos led to a breakdown in strong compliance to the social distancing that had been protecting us. You cannot flaunt the rules around public gatherings and then expect families to follow social distancing at family gatherings. By breaking the rules and getting away with it the demonstraters have given others permission to break the rules .
    In parties in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby, but much more tragically in Victoria, we now see the results of the erosion of public support for the health orders, brought about in good measure through the arrogance of those demonstrators.
    And yet they are condemning the Member for Page for calling out their thoughtless actions. .


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