People’s parliament says no to cuts

QLD Uncut rally on November 29. Photo by Byron Lawrie.

Queensland Uncut held a “people’s parliament” in Brisbane to coincide with the last sitting day of parliament on November 29.

The rally heard from speakers representing unions, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Equal Love, the Queensland Working Women's Service and Sisters Inside.

The groups oppose the cuts the Liberal National Party (LNP) government is making to the community and public sector. Many community services have been downsized or shut down because of funding cuts.

On the same day as the rally, two LNP MPs —Carl Judge of Yeerongpilly and Alex Douglas of Gaven — defected from the party and will now sit in parliament as independents. Speakers at the rally said these defections represent a small but significant victory because they concern issues of democracy and support for the public service.