Part of the crowd gathered at Belmore Park to watch the live satellite broadcast from the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). A second Sydney rally was held at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour. The two rallies converged to form a single march of 40 000 through the main streets of Sydney.
Sharan Burow, the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), and a former NSW school teacher (yay!) address the MCG crowd, esptimated to be about 50 000. People watched the broadcast in 500 venues across Australia.
Greg Combet, Secretary of the ACTU. You can see him in a previous blog, and read more about the sort of workplace issues being fought in this campaign.
Kim Beazley, Leader of the Opposition Australian Labor Party, tels the crowd at the MCG, and across Australia, that if elected in 2007, his party will "rip up these unfair laws".
Part of the march through the Sydney streets.
For more information, see the ACTU website - see the speeches and listen to Jimmy Barnes rock out his anthem "Working Class Man"