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Campaigning and Direct Action


Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into hand of traditional landowner Vincent Lingiari, Northern Territory, 1975

Here in this Australia, we all have the right to present and express our demands and interests to the Government. We don't have to be silenced.

Unfortunately as members of the community we hold much less political power as individuals than those in the Government. This is why it becomes crucial to use different mediums to communicate your needs with the Government whether it is through Local, State or Federal levels. The Government can't hear our whinging with our next door neighbour.

"To act directly is to address the actual issue of your concern. If you're working against hunger, it might be simply giving someone a meal. If you want to stop exploitation of coffee farmers you can change your purchasing patterns and buy fairly traded coffee. Since the action in itself has a direct effect, it has a power and strength of its own. However any problems or issues cannot be solved by direct action and we need to have a range of campaigning tools to bring about broad and lasting change"
(Oxfam, 2005: Online)

Campaigning and direct action can be seen as a form of acting and reasoning in which its potency can be incredibly influenced by your ability to do this with knowledge and flair.

Direct action can be seen as an umbrella of many forms of campaigning action such as: