Animal rights group protest at PM meeting

About 50 people opposed to live animal exports provided a noisy greeting for Prime Minister Julia Gillard ahead of the federal government’s community cabinet meeting in Adelaide.

The group staged their peaceful protest outside the Aberfoyle Park High School, where several hundred people gathered on Wednesday to ask questions of the prime minister and her cabinet colleagues.

The meeting was the fifth community cabinet to be held in South Australia where individuals and community groups also get the opportunity for private meetings with ministers.

It was being held in the federal electorate of Boothby, a marginal Liberal seat currently held by Andrew Southcott.

Earlier on Wednesday Ms Gillard toured Adelaide’s Techport maritime precinct where Australia’s new air warfare destroyers are under construction and where much of the work will be done on the next generation of submarines.

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