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Hundreds rallied and marched through the streets of Brisbane on February 3 to join the global protests against the agenda of incoming US president Donald Trump.

Speakers included: Aboriginal elder Uncle Sam Watson, Queensland Council of Unions secretary Ros McLennan, human rights activist Rema Flihan, Kamala Emanuel from the Socialist Alliance and Tim Arnot from Socialist Alternative.

The march was vibrant and included a sit-in at a busy intersection.

Other rallies are taking place around the country.

Over 1000 people marched in heavy rain in Brisbane as part of the marriage equality national weekend of action.

170 people rallied outside Queensland parliament on March 1 - the day two abortion law reform bills were due to be debated. Instead, the bills were withdrawn by the mover, Rob Pyne, who secured a promise by the government that the issue of abortion rights would be referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

Introducing the rally, Anna McCormack of the Womens Abortion Rights Campaign said "we're very, very disappointed about what has happened and we're more than a little angry by recent events".

Sex workers and their allies held their first public rally for law reform and an end to stigma in Brisbane on March 8.

[Photos by Kamala Emanuel. Full report here.]

A hastily called International Women's Day rally attracted around 150 people in Brisbane on March 11. Speakers condemned the state parliament's failure to pass laws decriminalising abortion, expressed solidarity with transwomen and Muslim women and pointed to the many ongoing attacks and campaigns for women's liberation. One person carrying a transphobic sign was answered by an expression of trans solidarity from the rally platform, widely and enthusiastically supported in the crowd.

Activist Steffie Leedham is sitting on a platform high on a tree in Sydney Park. The platform is connected to two other big trees in the area of the park that has been fenced off for clearing to start building of the #WestConnex tollway and tunnel project's St Peters interchange.

Alomst 200 people marched through Brisbane on March 25 as part of the March in March mobilisation.

Thousands of unionists march against cuts to penalty rates and reintroduction of the ABCC

Features:
* Ros McLennan (General Secretary of QCU)
* Peter Ong (ETU state secretary)

About 50 Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members and supporters occupied the foyer of the Brisbane offices of Rio Tinto on March 28.

Rio Tinto has reneged on its agreement with the MUA to have 70–80% Australian crew on its coastal fleet. Instead it is using exploited foreign workers who are paid $3–4 per hour. This is despite posting a $6 billion profit last year.

Queensland branch secretary of the MUA Bob Carnegie said: “No Australian should be locked out of Australian jobs so foreign workers can be exploited and paid below a minimum wage.”

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