‘Stop the War’ coalition: Amanda Tattersall interview

In 2003 an estimated 250,000 people marched in Sydney against the Iraq war — the biggest demonstration the city had ever seen. A few days later a much smaller group of demonstrators met at the same place to campaign for public education. The first protest was unsuccessful — Australia did join the Iraq war — but the second did succeed, with education funding increased substantially. Amanda Tattersal, of Unions NSW, helped organise both campaigns and says protest movements can learn a lot from this seemingly paradoxical result.

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