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Convoy of no confidence heads for Australia's capital Canberra

(Xinhua)

13:39, August 18, 2011

BRISBANE, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- A convoy left Australia's Cairns on Thursday morning for the national capital Canberra to begin a mass protest against a range of government policies, including the proposed carbon tax, according to local media reports.

The trek of the convoy, which includes more than 100 motorists in semi-trailers, cars and on motorbikes, will last for five days. On the way they will be joined by other vehicles before meeting up with a series of convoys in the capital in a move designed to put pressure on the Gillard government.

The "Convoy of No Confidence" protest organized by the National Road Freighters Association, hopes to force the government to call an election.

"What we're trying to do is to do it in a democratic way, to send them to the polls and let the people decide," the Cairns convoy organizer Darryl Pederson was quoted by the Australian Associated Press as saying.

Pederson said organizers had tried to minimize the impact on other motorists.

Drivers have been urged to maintain a distance of 150 meters between other participants and drive close to the speed limit.

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