State holds urgent meeting on rehoming horses
THE rehoming of racehorses will be discussed at an urgent forum this afternoon.
Racing Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe said the images featured on the ABC's 7.30 last week were horrific and he hopes he will never see anything like it again.
"Some time ago, I tasked my office with organising a forum to look at racing horses and their post-career lives," he said.
"Invitations had been sent and accepted before the ABC story broke on Thursday night.
"First thing Friday I asked that the forum be brought forward to this week.
"It's taken some organising but I'm pleased to be able to inform the House that the forum is being held this afternoon."
Mr Hinchcliffe said major stakeholders would attend, including breeders, trainers, rehomers, vets and Racing Queensland.
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission will also attend.
EARLIER: Unions have joined greens warriors to rally against the State Government's protester laws this morning.
The CFMEU, United Voice, the ETU, the QNMU and the AMWU were among unions who joined the protest which saw more than 200 people gather outside Parliament House.
Greens Councillor Jonathan Sri and Greens MP Michael Berkman also attended.
At times the rally chanted, "This is not a police state we have the right to demonstrate," and "Palaszczuk you've crossed the line, protesting is not a crime".
Speaking at the protest, Queensland Council of Unions acting general secretary Michael Clifford said the body had always believed in nonviolent protests.
"We actually give a damn about things that are going on in our society and we believe we have the right to push back and to protest, to defend our rights and to create a better country," he said.
"That's what trade unions have been doing since day dot.
"We should remind the Labor party that it was born out of the shearers' strikes in the 1890s."
Mr Clifford said the laws would not stop protests.
"Their first rationale for these laws was about stopping extremist protesters, they've (government) come back from that, and now they talk about the fact that these laws are about health and safety," he said.
"They are about four devices, lock on devices, as others have already said there is nothing inherently dangerous about these devices."
Mr Clifford said to fast track the laws was a "bloody dreadful shame".
"Imposing search laws on the Queensland population is not the way to address health and safety issues," he said.
Meanwhile Traditional Owner Aunty Deborah Sandy, who gave a welcome to country at the rally, took aim at "extreme" protests.
"Not good bringing drums into our city, that could lead to terrorism," she said.
"We don't know what's in those drums.
"If you're gonna have a rally keep it civil, if you're gonna have a march and a protest, keep it civil.
"Don't go doing stupid, extreme things that's going to encourage and teach our children, our next generation to do those silly things."