State wide protests against plans to lease assets

MORE TO COME: Stuart Traill leads his group of protestors at the Not 4 Sale rally outside MP Ian Berry’s Booval office.
MORE TO COME: Stuart Traill leads his group of protestors at the Not 4 Sale rally outside MP Ian Berry’s Booval office. Kate Czerny

THE Queensland Government has felt more heat over its plans to lease assets, with Electrical Trades Union protests staged across the state.

More than 50 campaigners rallied in front of Ipswich MP Ian Berry's office to help send the message: Queenslanders do not want state assets sold off or leased. Their protest was one of 12 held simultaneously in various cities and towns.

ETU state organiser Stuart Traill said the campaign would continue to escalate until the State Government responded to their demands.

"This grassroots campaign is growing and so it the public support for it," he said.

"The only reason the State Government changed the selling of assets to the leasing of assets was because of the massive public opposition to the sale of public-owned assets.

"A long-term lease of 50 to 99 years is the same as a sale," he said.

Topics:  asset sales electrical trades union not4sale privatisation

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