TEN priests were among the 96 demonstrators arrested in Brisbane last week after a protest against the state of Queensland's new anti-union laws.
1 he ten Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian clergymen took part in a protest outside an electricity depot in the city. A recently-passed act has deprived electricity workers of the right to strike, and has in general curbed the freedoms of trade unions in the state.
The dispute over the legislation has led to road and transport unions imposing a blockade on Queensland, delaying postal services.
During his visit to Queensland earlier last week, Dr Robert Runcie, the Archbishop of Canterbury echoed earlier comments be the Anglican Primate of Australia, Sir John Grindrod, in reaffirming his belief in the right to strike.
One of the priests arrested was Fr Dick Pascoe, who carried a large cross among the 400 demonstrators. He said that the Queensland law "is stupid".