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VIDEO: Protesters welcome PM with 'Stop the goats' signs

A CROWD of protesters carrying signs saying "Stop the goats" welcomed Tony Abbott to Gladstone yesterday.

State organiser for the Australian Manufacturing Workers Industry Phil Golby was one of the 13 people shaking their signs at the PM.

He said they adopted the slogan "Stop the goats" to reflect Tony Abbott's own election campaign - Stop the Boats.

"Basically we think they are a pack of goats," Mr Golby said.

"They're not running the country the way they should be running it and there so many things people are losing. Pensioners are losing funds, workers are losing rights..."

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"We want to take these issues to the next election ."

But Mr Abbott barely spared the protesters a glance as he stepped straight out of his car and into the Gladstone Bowls Club.

The PM with Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd and some voters.
The PM with Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd and some voters. Mike RICHARDS

About 40 people were inside and they weren't afraid to tell Mr Abbott what they needed.

Calliope residents Desley O'Grady and Will Wilson asked about the mobile phone tower promised in the Boyne Valley.

Former Gladstone state MP Liz Cunningham took the opportunity to remind the PM our community needed funding for an aquatic therapy pool.

A Toolooa State School teacher wanted to know whether each child in Australia would get a laptop or not since the funding had dried up.

And Major Ed Dalheimer just wanted an autograph for his comrade.

The Prime Minister himself kept his speech short. Instead he spent an hour listening to locals and posing for photos.

Topics:  gladstone, politics, prime minister, tony abbott



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