Union protesters mobbed the Prime Minister as he campaigned in Brisbane today. Mr Turnbull announced new funding to encourage indigenous business, marking the start of Reconciliation Week.

Hannah Kotaidis reports.


Protestors hounded the Prime Minister.

Voicing their anger over the rumoured axing of weekend penalty rates.

Mr Turnbull wasn’t fazed, saying his plans for penalty rates remain clear and consistent.

He says the union members should’ve been more concerned with the opposition’s plans.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “We have no plans to change penalty rates whatsoever. It is a matter for fair work.”

Inside, the P.M. announced a $115 million boost for indigenous entrepreneurs.

Adding 39,000 jobs around the country.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “This is real jobs, in the real economy.”

His Minister says the government is committed.

Nigel Scullion, Indigenous Affairs Minister: “We can’t leave any Australian behind. No matter where you are or your background or where you’re from.”

The Prime Minsiter became emotional, describing the road to reconciliation.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “Leadership, commitment, love, practical determination to make things right. That’s what this journey is all about.”

The Turnbull bus then headed to Mount Gravatt to discuss youth unemployment with local business owners.

Vox Pops 1: “To me it’s to make more jobs available.”

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “With your energy, I’m sure your business will continue to grow.”

After cementing his commitment to jobs and growth around the state, the Prime Minister left Brisbane to continue on the campaign trail.

Hannah Kotiaids, QUT News.