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Australia’s version of Canada’s Freedom Convoy heads to Canberra

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Inspired by the huge turnout of anti-vax truckies in Canada this week, an Australian version of the rally is planning to converge on Parliament House in Canberra tomorrow.

According to social media reports, truckies, and other motorists, are scheduled to “swarm to Canberra to protest mandates and restrictions” at 10am from all around Australia.

Posts so far suggest that truckies, the vast majority of whom are already double-vaxxed and have diligently complied with health orders for the last couple of years, make up a small minority of the convoy.

But a dedicated GoFundMe page, Oz to Canberra Convoy Official, organised by ‘Ironbark Thunderbolt’ has raised more than $140,000 by Sunday afternoon to help offset costs of those who are taking part.

Big Rigs has approached the organisers to find out more.

Meanwhile, the National Road Freighters Association has already voiced concerns on its Facebook page over how the participants will impact dedicated heavy vehicle rest areas en-route to Canberra.

In Canada, a loosely organised “Freedom Convoy” of trucks set out last weekend from the western province of British Columbia.

According to reports, the convoy ebbed and flowed in size on the way to Ottawa, the capital, and was also bolstered by thousands of motorists joining in along the way.

The convoy was organised in response to a regulation, implemented this month, that requires truckies returning from the US to show proof of vaccination. But in recent days, it has broadened to include Canadians critical of pandemic restrictions in general, and of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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3 Comments

  1. The convoy has nothing to do with vax status.
    Its all about freedom and the mandates that are costing jobs, closing businesses, discriminating etc.
    Its all about choice.
    Sure Australia won’t have the volume of truck because we don’t have the same number of owner operators as Canada.
    I thought you guys would support fellow truckies that just want to be able to make their own choices.

  2. Please stop calling everyone who disagrees with goverment narrative :”anti vaxxers”. Most people have complied with the vaccination programs but are simply against mandates being rolled out. It is the mandating, calling it choice but being coercion that is becoming more commonplace that is having people on the move.

  3. The oppression in Australia has been hard to watch from here in Canada. Our hearts and thoughts are with you. You’re not alone.

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