Thousands protest - 'Abort Abbott'

Last updated 12:48 17/03/2014
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EXTREME ANGER: Tens of thousands have marched in rallies across Australia, condemning the Abbott government's stance on a raft of issues.

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An organiser of an anti-government  rally says derogatory signs levelled against the Australian prime minister,  including one saying ''abort Abbott'', are the responsibility of  protesters.

Melbourne's March in March rally on Sunday drew tens of  thousands of people angry with federal government policies on a  raft of issues including indigenous rights, education, asylum  seekers and climate change.

Similar rallies were held in other cities across Australia.

Melbourne organiser Sarah Garnham, who was protesting against  education cuts, said she wasn't willing to apologise for the  anti-Tony Abbott signs held up by protesters.

''Protest organisers don't have control over signs,''  Garnham said.  

''It's a lively way of expressing extreme anger.''

However, Garnham said she thought a sign saying ''ditch the  witch'', aimed at former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard during a 2011  anti-carbon tax rally, was sexist and offensive.

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