With the new year comes a new round of boycotts across Australia, with buses refusing to operate.
“We are not going to be taking any buses into the country for the next 24 hours,” a spokesman for the NSW Department of Transport said on Thursday.
More than a million people in the state are taking part in the bus boycott that began in November.
The boycott aims to show that a boycott of the buses, the buses that transport many of the people who visit Australia, is not supported by the government, the state’s Opposition Leader, Tanya Plibersek, said.
Bus boycott: Queensland’s buses boycott,27 buses cancelled,14 new to run,27,23,24,25,26,27 Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was “very disappointed” by the move and would meet with the chief executive of the NSW Transport Department, Craig Oliver, to discuss the situation.
Oliver said the NSW government was “not prepared to be taken for granted” by its drivers, adding that drivers would not be able to work in a boycott-affected area.
Queers take to streets: A bus boycott has been declared in Melbourne In Queensland, Premier Annasak, a Liberal Party member, announced on Wednesday that the state was taking a “very strong stand” against the boycott, adding she would meet her counterparts in Sydney and Brisbane next week to discuss it further.
Palaszcuk said the boycott would “not go unanswered”.
Queer, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Queensland is the first state in the nation to formally declare its support for the boycott and has already announced plans to make the boycott permanent, including allowing drivers to work from home, as well as allowing them to refuse to operate on a specific route.
Queenslanders take to the streets in solidarity: Queer, gay, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) Queensland celebrates 100 years of gay pride in MelbourneThe state’s Labor Party has also announced plans for a boycott, saying it would not support the boycott if drivers refused to work.
Premier Annasacaj said drivers would have to work for free if they chose to boycott.
She said drivers who refused to take a particular route would be subject to a “finesse test” by a state licensing body.
Queers protest: The boycott has already caused widespread anger across AustraliaQueenslands Premier Annasej says the boycott will not go unansweredQueenslander have marched to the state government building in Canberra, wearing “Queers Out” t-shirts and waving rainbow flags to show their opposition to the boycott.
Queer Queensland, a group campaigning for a “Queer Australia”, has been in Australia for a decade and is a movement that has gained widespread support and even support from other countries around the world.
The boycott is also supported by several other countries, including the US, France and Germany.
It has been described as the first time in Australian history a group of Australians has declared their opposition in a national election.
In the wake of the boycott in Queensland, the Australian Medical Association said it would work with the Government and its drivers to provide “counselling” to drivers in a bid to avoid a boycott.