Mabel YowYeh Quakawoot, Bailai Elder was the last to be removed from Parliament house during a protest on Wednesday.
Mabel YowYeh Quakawoot, Bailai Elder was the last to be removed from Parliament house during a protest on Wednesday. Greenpeace And Images Below Org

Protesting Bailai elder removed from parliament house

A BAILAI elder was among more than 100 protesters who staged a 'sit-in' at parliament house in Canberra, calling on the Turnbull Government to do more on climate change.

Mabel YowYeh Quakawoot spoke passionately about the need to protect Australia saying it was time for politicians to put the people "ahead of the big polluters".

"I've seen the devastation that fossil fuels caused in my home of Gladstone," Mabel YowYeh Quakawoot said.

"We need to stand together to protect our country from dangerous climate change and make sure the same mistakes at Gladstone aren't repeated in other communities."

The peaceful protest came to a head with Australian Federal Police and parliamentary security staff called in to remove the protestors after about half an hour.

People are forcibly removed from Parliament House.
People are forcibly removed from Parliament House.

Protestors chanted "we will not be moved" as police removed them one by one from parliament's Marble Foyer.

Among those protesting were farmers, environmentalists and indigenous traditional owners urging more be done to prevent climate change.

Fairfax reported Aunty Mabel was the last to be removed as the demonstrators reformed outside the parliament.

It came as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull returned from the United Nations climate change conference in Paris.

He confirmed the government's current carbon emissions reduction target of 26-28% by 2030, but did not promise a larger target.

Website 'The People's Parliament' helped organised the protest and has warned this "is just the beginning".

"In 2016, people everywhere will continue to take action like this until our politicians do what is right. With a Federal Election around the corner, they ignore us at their peril," it states on their website.



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