Despite tightened Australian Federal Police security in the wake of the highly controversial Federal Budget, Deputy Liberal Leader and current Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was again confronted by student protesters at the University of Melbourne today following her keynote speech at the C20 Summit.
Bishop was confronted by the protesters upon entering the building, who were railing against potential job losses and the proposed changes to University fee structuring.
After delivering the speech, security attempted to quickly usher Bishop out of the campus via a side exit, however protesters and media caught wind of the plan and caught up. One lone protester was tackled to the ground by several police and arrested after he swung a banner at Bishop’s exiting car.
The C20 is the first of the lead-in summits that will culminate in November’s G20 Leaders’ Meeting which will be held in Brisbane.
Along with a prior incident involving Bishop, Education Minister Christopher Pyne and former Liberal member Sophie Mirabella have all been confronted with protesters on University campuses following the delivery of the Federal Budget. Prime Minister Tony Abbott cancelled a scheduled appearance at a Geelong university due to alleged security fears.
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via Herald Sun.