Gladstone residents march to fight Federal Budget
SHE'S young, impassioned and articulate, and she's fed up with the Federal Government.
Within only 24 hours, 19-year-old Kahlani Pyrah organised a rally in Gladstone's CBD, recruiting workers, pensioners and students to stand up and be heard in their opposition to the Federal Budget.
A crowd of 50 rallied at the corner of Goondoon and Tank St at midday on Sunday to make their voices heard, before marching the length of the main street.
Miss Pyrah, who studies at Monash University, took to the stage and called upon Gladstone people to let their anger out.
"We are the only ones who can make a difference," she said.
"This government does not represent us as people and our needs. It's time we take a stand and stand up for what we deserve."
Working two part-time jobs while studying environmental science at university, Miss Pyrah said her degree was on the fringe of impossible.
"I was intending on starting a second degree in law, but now deregulation could potentially mean it will cost me $200,000," she said.
"The budget means those who are poorer to begin with have to fight harder to make ends meet. It's insane. Well off countries like Australia should be able to look after our most vulnerable. Basic rights like health and education should not be compromised."
Supported in her crusade by local Labor candidate Glenn Butcher, the pair agreed the most effective method to communicate their disdain was people power.
"This is only the beginning," Ms Pyrah said.