For many women as their family responsibilities expand, being on the frontline is not physically possible. For Sue, with work, family, art and volunteering commitments, a growing business and a thousand demands each day, this was the case. But people’s bodies are not what’s needed the most: for every person locking onto a gate, or chaining themselves to a rail line there are many hundreds of people behind them making that brief piece of civil disobedience happen. Since her early days of freedom as an activist experiencing one of Australia’s iconic environmental turning points, the way she’s changing the world may have changed as her responsibilities have expanded, but her commitment, drive and passion is not even slightly reduced. Talking to people at markets, performing at fundraising events, linking people to groups and activists, attending rallies, marches and protests, Sue is one of those people who make frontline activism happen.
We started off by talking about our shared interest and activism in another big Australian campaign; one that seems endless, seems like a turning point, but just continues to go on and on and on. What does she think about it?
Yeah, I don’t think Adani’s going to happen. I think this movement is just going to keep growing and growing, and it’s going to get to a critical mass.
I think my view has probably got a lot to do with my age. Because I’m at the point where, you know, I’ve already been a grandmother you know. And to think about what’s happened in the last 30 years on a world wide scale, it’s just horrific. From the time when I was a teenager to now, and seeing what the future is going to be… it’s like this massive cloud over my kids and everybody’s future. I want to do something about it. I want to bring the rainbow back! I want to fuck that cloud off and bring the rainbow back to these children, you know. That’s why I just love children, because they’ve just got that innocence and they’ve just got that, still got that wonder about the world and how amazing it is that there is this water right there. You know, they’re just happy to be alive.