Protesters' asset sales message clear in rally

"WE DON'T want asset sales."

That was the message from a group of protesters rallying outside Ipswich MP Ian Berry's office on Saturday.

A group of protesters from the Not4Sale campaign set up outside the Brisbane Rd office as part of a statewide campaign by the group.

Ipswich rally organiser Paul Evans said they wanted to make it clear that Queenslanders did not want state assets sold off.

"We're trying to get the message out there to the politicians who refuse to believe that Queenslanders don't want asset sales," he said.

"Our message is simple: our assets are not for sale, not now, not ever.

"It's our slogan and it couldn't be easier to understand.

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"We were happy with the number of people who turned up to the rally, and we were getting great support from drivers beeping their horns as they drove past. I think it was appreciated by the people of Ipswich."

Mr Berry, who was unaware the protest took place outside his office until contacted by the QT, said he understood most people did not want asset sales.

"However, what they say to me more, what's an even bigger issue than asset sales, is the cost of living," Mr Berry said.

"They say it's too high and I couldn't agree more."

Mr Berry said the State Government faced a difficult challenge in finding the balance between what assets must be kept and what could be sold to help reduce the cost of living.

"I think we've got a tough choice to make," he said.

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"I'm asking people to reconcile those two things."

Not4Sale state organiser Stuart Traill said the group did not believe LNP MPs were listening to their communities.

"We are holding rallies and activities across the state this weekend targeting lazy LNP MPs with the message: every time Nicholls and Newman talk about asset sales you lose another vote, it's about time you represented the 80% of Queenslanders who oppose asset sales," he said.

"Asset sales will mean we all pay more for an essential service that will be less reliable, employ fewer Queenslanders and be owned and controlled by overseas interests whose primary focus will be maximising profit at the expense of ordinary Queenslanders."


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