Take the number you first thought of . . . 30/11/2006
I’m tipping 20,000 to 25,000 attended the union movement’s anti IR laws rally at the MCG this morning. But I’ll accept an average from the evening news bulletins and online reports.
The Herald Sun inferred some crowd counters had rose-coloured lenses in their sunnies: “Organisers said about 60,000 people rallied at the event, although the 100,000-capacity stadium appeared less than half-full.”
The Age’s Jane Holroyd does her own estimate, claiming “55,000 protesters rallying at Melbourne’s MCG . . .”
Even the leftie luvvies at the ABC couldn’t be that generous: “A loud and enthusiastic crowd of around 40,000 people has gathered inside the MCG.”
3AW’s reporter on the spot said organisers had predicted a crowd to compare with a Carlton-Essendon attendance. The turnout was more like that for a Fremantle-Hawthorn match, he said.
There was more irony there than at a BHP foundry.
The guest of honour was ex-millionaire and friend of battlers such as Greg Norman and James Packer, “Working Class Man” Jimmy Barnes, who performed three songs free, an ABC hack gushed.
But the “D’uh” award goes to funny-as-toothache comedienne Corinne Grant of the axed Glasshouse show who told the masses the struggle against the Federal Government’s new IR laws was “one of the biggest fights we have seen in our lives”. “And we’re going to win this,” she said. “The only person who is going to lose his job is John Howard.”
Er, that’s apart from Corinne. Is she really saying that under these draconian new IR laws, only one person, apart from herself, will lose their job?
As I said, a worthy “D’uh” award winner.
According to Tony the Teacher, who not only spends many miserable afternoons at the G but lives just up the road, the crowd was in the nether regions of 35,000-40,000. Good enough for me. Tone’s got a good pic of Corinne looking strident. And stupid.