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Protesters unite at cabinet against State Govt decisions

Protesters gathered outside Frenchville State School where the Newman Government held its Community Cabinet on Sunday 14 Sept 14. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Protesters gathered outside Frenchville State School where the Newman Government held its Community Cabinet on Sunday 14 Sept 14. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

THE placard-waving mob from many walks of life welcomed each arriving carload of attendees with chants of 'No asset sales'.

The protesters were the 'welcoming committee' for yesterday's Newman Government's Keppel Community Cabinet in North Rockhampton and those arriving through the front gates received a rousing chorus of anti-government slogans.

There was a strong police presence at the Frenchville State School venue with multiple security check points leading into the main hall, where the Community Cabinet was held.

The noisy protesters at the school entrance included a cook, a part-time teacher, a backyard nursery operator and tattoo shop owners.

And they all had plenty to shout about as the 1.30pm start time approached.

Queensland Health worker Lynn Moore was there to fight the Newman Government's proposed asset sales.

"I think it's a big con and just a money grab to be selling back to the people what they already own," the Rockhampton woman said.

She argued the debt problem 'can't be fixed overnight' and the Government should look at long-term solutions.

One household of people neighbouring the school watched proceedings over the fence for some light entertainment while enjoying a few cold beers. Two women wearing SYLMG shirts (photo right) protesting against criminal bikie gang laws said they had come in a group of four, but had split into pairs to avoid arrest.

Queensland Council of Unions Rockhampton secretary Craig Allen said his main concern was asset sales, naming the ports, rail lines, power stations and hospitals as examples.

"It constitutes generational theft."

Mount Morgan man Doug Johnson attended the protest in support of his friends Bernie and Veronica Bartley, the owners of tattoo parlour Gallery Ink.

"I just think they've been dealt with unfairly," he said.

"I don't mind the Government wanting to come down on drugs and bikies, but they went around it the wrong way.

"Not all clubs are involved in drugs."

Topics:  community cabinet, premier campbell newman, protest, union



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