It's refreshing to see that police try to play down the number of protesters, even when it's the police doing the protesting :
It's common for police estimates of demonstration numbers to vary widely from the figures put out by the organisers. But in Victoria today, it was police versus police when it came to estimating the numbers at a march on Parliament.Although 1500 to 3000 police protested peacefully for better pay and work conditions, there was no water cannon deployed, their protest signs were not busted up and nobody was hit by pepper spray. Which seems odd.
Renegade union chief Paul Mullett led the rally. He believes there were about 3,000 there. The Police Command puts the number at closer to 1,500.