Refugee and climate change protesters have stormed the stage at Labor’s national conference just as Bill Shorten started to speak.
The refugee protesters had to be dragged from the stage, while Mr Shorten accepted a “stop Adani” flag from another protester.
The beginning of his speech at the conference in Adelaide on Sunday was delayed as the protests were cleared.
Activist group Galilee Blockade claimed responsibility for the anti-Adani protest and identified the man who unfurled the banner behind Mr Shorten as Isaac Astill.
“Will you please stop the Adani coal mine?
There are bushfires across Queensland, heat records are tumbling, the Great Barrier Reef is heading for a third bleaching event, we have to stop the Adani coal mine,” Mr Astill asked the Labor leader.
“Oh mate. Alright,” Mr Shorten replied, and added, “thanks for making that statement. Do I get to keep the flag?”
“You can keep the flag if you like, absolutely, of course,” the protester replied.
“Good on you mate, cheers. See ya,” Mr Shorten said.
A statement from Galilee Blockade after the protest said: “80 per cent of Labor supporters believe new coal mines are no longer in the national interest.
Yet Bill Shorten and the Labor Party still support Adani’s mine, opening up one of the largest untapped coal reserves on Earth.”
It’s not the first time this week Mr Shorten has been interrupted by the stop-Adani group.
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