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Thousands march in Brisbane Labour Day parade

THERE was no longer a public holiday to look forward to, but it did not stop up to 30,000 people joining in Brisbane's Labour Day march.

Thousands marched from the corner of Wharf and Turbot streets to RNA Showgrounds on the edge of the Fortitude Valley where Prime Minister Julia Gillard stood beside Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk to rally support on Sunday.

Ms Gillard told the crowd the country was at a crossroads between competing visions - those held by a Labor Government and those held by Tony Abbott's Opposition.

She attacked Premier Campbell Newman's record of cutting jobs and costs, warning that the Opposition Leader would do the same on a Federal scale.

"And I tell you what - in Queensland, of all places in the nation, you cannot afford Tony Abbott's plans to cut to the bone, to join with Peter Costello's privatisation plans, to join with Campbell Newman's cutbacks and no growth in jobs," she said.

"You can't afford that combination here in Queensland."

Queensland Council of Unions boss John Battams said despite the prospect of having non-Labor governments at both State and Federal levels, spirits were high for Labour Day marchers.

"We're here for two purposes," he said.

"One is to celebrate what the union movement has given the community over the years - superannuation, health safety laws, overtime and penalty rates."

The other was more political, attacking the Queensland LNP's plans for outsourcing and privatisation.

For those less keen on the politics of the day, there was also rides and food stalls to keep them entertained and fed.

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