Day 142: Leaving Coober Pedy

Day 142: 7am

[Admin Luke] On my way to the Fremantle Magistrates Court to face two charges I incurred while sitting peacefully (and then laying down) in a piece of Native bushland in an effort to defend the Beeliar Wetlands.

This is my first time facing any sort of charge in the courts but I’m not really nervous. I couldn’t be more sure of the decision I made that morning. I did the right thing.

I am a person of good character who by and large has good relationships with the police both in my local community and at a broader community level – and I’m likely about to get a fair trial under the law.

This morning I’m thinking deeply about my privilege. About how lucky I am to be facing a fair trial and not just being shut away as an enemy of the state as many of my friends overseas have been for similar acts of civil resistance.

About how glad I am that even in my exhaustion last year I found the energy to step up when the time came to #ProtectPeacefulProtest. I knew then that Barnett was planning to use those laws to crush any resistance to Roe 8, and I’m so very very glad we crushed his proposed laws instead.

Even for trespass the max penalty is 12 months in jail and a huge fine. The penalties and costs would have been exorbitant if Barnett’s anti-protest laws had gone ahead. WE are EXACTLY the people Barnett was targetting with those laws. Everyday citizens who stand up against unjust and unsupported government decisions. People willing to put their body on the line peacefully, to stop work at projects like Roe 8. This very project in fact.

So here’s to you Perth, for kicking some fucking ass and holding onto our rights, our pride and our determination to stand for what’s right.

Court starts at 8:30am, Fremantle Magistrates Court. Lots of other wetlands protectors will be having their morning in court today also.

I’m a privileged white man. I’m unlikely to receive unfair punishment at the hands of the courts today. Gotta thank everyone who came before me for that, because I can not stop thinking about my friends locked up (and often far worse) over in Egypt, in Bahrain, in Iraq and so many other places.

What ever the outcome this morning, I’ll be right, and right back into it.

Keep fighting friends.

#SaveBeeliarWetlands #noWAsharkcull #ProtectPeacefulProtest

Day 142: 2.30pm

A few photos of the sun rise this morning. – Noonie

Day 142: 3.30pm

On the road food stops to lunchtime. – Noonie

Day 142: 4pm

Tomorrow we leave Coober Pedy and start our journey making our way south towards Port Augusta. It well take us 2 week to get to Port Augusta. We being on the walk for the last four month walking thought summer and visiting community and town. Coober Pedy well be the last hottest and hardest spot on this journey, but we still got a other month or two before it start cooling down. But now we head south tomorrow.

Port Augusta here we come. It time we start heading back into big town like Port Augusta to start getting think happening for this walk for justice and start making action on this walk like rally and march thought town and city. When we head Port Augusta we be there for a week to spend time with the elders, family and see the kids at school or any one else who like to meet me. When we a in Port Augusta as well I will be stepping think up by contacting media group for interview so we can get this walk back on the news to let everyone know about this walk and why people should join me on this walk, but manly to lead this corporate government know we a coming.

In Port Augusta think a going to happen the a going to be group and I be contacting people to start organizing Marches and rally when we a coming thought your way and to also spread the word about the walk for justice. Than after Port Augusta that when we hit our first city after four month of walking Adelaide. I never being to Adelaide and it be my first time in Adelaide. But I well say we will not know what it going to be like when we hit our first city and march thought it. But we do know it going to be big when we walk thought our first city. Let do this and march for justice for all who live here.

Day 142: 4pm

This size tree it was a first along this stretch of road. The height of this tree is unusual around here. – Noonie

Day 142: 5pm

Today’s landscape. – Noonie

Day 142: 5.30pm

– Noonie


Author: Clintonswalkforjustice

I’m a Wajuk, Balardung, Kija and a Yulparitja man from the West of Australia. I will be walking across country from Matagarup/Heirrison Island in Perth to Parliament House in Canberra, following songlines and visiting communities along the way, where I will eventually be seeking audience with the Prime Minister and address the many injustices against the First Nations people of this land.

2 thoughts on “Day 142: Leaving Coober Pedy”

  1. Good on you Clinton. Many wonderful wishes are on their way to you – and to your helpers and supporters.

    I have been following you for 100 days, and think your aims, mission and commitment are fantastic.

    There’s an Old Irish saying when people are on a journeying – “May the wind be in your back and may the road rise to meet you…”

    Hope these thoughts bring you loads of extra strength. You are amazing!

    Take care

    Jo Wynter
    Cooktown – Cape York Peninsula

  2. Firstly to Luke: you are a gutsy guy, I am nearing 70 and have spent a lot of my life in protest. I was arrested, taken into the black cells (yes apartheid) and beaten at Nhulunbuy NT (Gove) back in 1971 when I peacefully protested the unfair arrest of a local man. Apparently I was the first and only white man ever locked in the black cells (back then) and I wear this as a badge of honour. Keep fighting for the cause my young friend.

    Secondly to Clinton: As you have already mentioned, the Labor Party is right behind you in your historic walk. SA, under Labor, is a friendly State, your efforts (meaning you and the team) are now well recognised and when you get to Port Augusta I will be joining you, along with many others.

    Cheers, Chris Hunter

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