Federal member for Flynn, Ken O'Dowd will be leaving Gladstone tomorrow to drive to Canberra as part of a
Federal member for Flynn, Ken O'Dowd will be leaving Gladstone tomorrow to drive to Canberra as part of a "Convoy of No Confidence". Chrissy Harris

Trouble by truckload for Gillard

WE SHOT the line and we went for broke, with a thousand screamin' trucks...” (C.W. McCall, Convoy)

The song is a perennial favourite, but Tony Hopkins and Graham McVean are hoping their convoy won't be a one-hit wonder.

Tony is the organiser of one of 11 Convoys of No-Confidence, which are driving to Canberra this weekend to protest against the Federal Government.

“The carbon tax, stopping live beef exports, they have no idea of how many small businesses are going to the wall and they just don't care,” Mr Hopkins said.

“They legislate in Canberra and collect a public service wage but they aren't aware of what's really going on.

“We're asking for an immediate double dissolution of Federal Parliament.

"We want the politicians to give Australia back to Australia.”

Graham McVean's truck will be part of Tony's Convoy #3, which leaves Rockhampton this morning.

They're picking up the rest of the trucks, cars and utes from Gladstone and Moura, then driving through Banana and Theodore on their way to Canberra for Monday's rally.

Starting as a small protest by road transport groups against the carbon tax, it has spread to an alliance of those outside the urban elites who feel they have lost their voice.

Mr Hopkins said its hard to say how many people would converge on Parliament House on Monday.

“How long is a piece of string? I've heard people say it's going to be the biggest protest this country has ever seen.”

 

Convoys are coming from:

  • Port Hedland (WA)
  • Atherton (Qld)
  • Rockhampton (Qld)
  • Brisbane (Qld) – two convoys
  • Perth (WA)
  • Mildura (Vic) – two convoys
  • Colac (Vic)
  • Warragul (Vic)
  • Bendigo (Vic)


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