CQUniversity's Dr Wendy Madsen.
CQUniversity's Dr Wendy Madsen. Contributed

Rocky rallying for a cause

OPINIONATED Rockhampton region residents are rising up and rallying together to express their views - and there is no lack of them.

From mass government job cuts, wage disputes, refugee support and anti-abortion, the Beef Capital has seen a surge in people venting their angst.

Last month more than 100 people attended Rockhampton's first marriage equality rally and about 300 refugees and supporters braved the drizzle and winter weather in June to walk across the Fitzroy River Bridge in support of multi-culturalism.

CQUniversity senior lecturer of health promotion Dr Wendy Madsen suggested the increasingly outspoken community's political appetite was no longer satisfied with one vote every few years for the region's federal, state and local leaders.

"I suspect that people feel disenfranchised," Dr Madsen said.

"A rally is something that allows people to contribute to the political process.

"If people are not getting heard they tend to then move towards rallies."

Dr Madsen believes social media has in different ways both revitalized and replaced rallies.

While some people have utilised social media to muster people with similar views to speak out, many commentators have been satisfied with expressing their opinions online.

Dr Madsen said the media tended to give limited number of view points and people used rallies if they felt their views weren't those represented.

What do you think is behind the rise in rallies? Have your say online.



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