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Queensland budget 2014: Union organiser removed from parliamentary grounds

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Amy Remeikis

Speaker Fiona Simpson has defended the decision to have a union organiser removed from parliamentary grounds.

Electrical Trades Union state organiser Stuart Traill had organised a press conference outside the parliamentary annexe to respond to the state government's budget on Wednesday morning, but was escorted off the grounds after confronting LNP MPs Vaughan Johnson and David Kempton.

"The Queensland parliament is no longer the people's house," Mr Traill told media.

But Ms Simpson said parliament security had acted appropriately.

"This occurred because the person in question was harassing members of parliament on the parliamentary precinct," Ms Simpson told the House.

"Such behaviour is unacceptable and I completely support the actions of parliamentary security officers for directing the person to leave the precinct.

"Nobody has the right to come on to the precinct and act in a bullying and aggressive manner, whether that is harassment directed towards a Member of Parliament, a staff member or a member of the public.

"The fact is that a large number of media interviews were conducted on the precinct yesterday by stakeholders with a variety of viewpoints, and all were held without incident.

"It is regrettable that today the person in question did not conduct himself within the standard of behaviour applied to all people on the precinct and his removal was the consequence of his poor behaviour."

Standing outside parliament, Mr Traill said the union would begin its anti-privatisation campaign in earnest.

"We have thousands of electricity workers that today are concerned about their job security and future," he said.

- with AAP

4 comments so far

  • No such thing as freedom of speech for those who have different view to the LNP

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    John
    Location
    Wynnum
    Date and time
    June 04, 2014, 3:07PM
    • I do support unions wholeheartedly, I am a member of one, though if the facts as presented in this story are accurate then I have no problem with the person being removed. If the lnp were being a bit precious, as I suspect, then it's only what we've come to expect

      Commenter
      ab
      Date and time
      June 04, 2014, 6:32PM
      • I find this a bit rich from the so-called Speaker, the only abuses and bullying occurring this budget week are those be perpetrated by this heartless government on seniors, workers and communities. The Thieves of George Street deserve everything they get...they are selling stuff that doesn't belong to them.

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        Andrew
        Location
        Brisbane
        Date and time
        June 05, 2014, 8:30AM
        • Nobody has the right to come on to the precinct and act in a bullying and aggressive manner, whether that is harassment directed towards a Member of Parliament, a staff member or a member of the public.

          Isn't this what this LNP govt does almost every sitting day.

          Commenter
          LNP - Listen - No Protests
          Date and time
          June 05, 2014, 10:52AM

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