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Woman arrested after protesters crash Shorten's ALP conference speech

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A woman has been arrested after protesters stormed the federal Labor conference in Adelaide.

Climate change protesters have stormed the stage at Labor's national conference, leading to one woman being arrested for trespassing.

The group took to the stage as Bill Shorten started to speak to call for an end to Queensland's controversial Adani coal mine.

Some had to be dragged away by security, while Mr Shorten accepted a "stop Adani" flag from one protester.

Bill Shorten's speech was disrupted by a group of protesters.
Bill Shorten's speech was disrupted by a group of protesters.
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The beginning of his speech at the conference in Adelaide on Sunday was delayed as the group, which also included refugee protesters, was cleared.

Mr Shorten then told the conference "the only people (the group) is helping is the current government".

"People have the right to protest but you have to ask yourself - when you see these protesters, who is the winners? It is the coalition," he said.

Isaac Astill, who handed the flag over to Mr Shorten, said 80 per cent of Labor supporters believe coal mines are no longer in the national interest.

"Australians are looking for political leaders who will stand up to the mining billionaires," he said.

"Yet Bill Shorten and the Labor Party still support Adani's mine, opening up one of the largest untapped coal reserves on Earth."

A group of protester sat down behind Mr Shorten as he took to the stage and started his speech.
A group of protester sat down behind Mr Shorten as he took to the stage and started his speech.
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Donna Smit, another Adani protester, called on Labor to stop the mine.

"Adani are determined to dig their coal mine but we're more determined to stop it before the federal election," she said.

She said protesters will attend every community and press event during Labor's conference, which runs until Tuesday.

A bemused looking Mr Shorten watches as the protesters take the stage.
A bemused looking Mr Shorten watches as the protesters take the stage.
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South Australia Police later confirmed one woman was arrested for trespassing.

Adani has announced it plans to start work on the mine before Christmas.

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Protesters at Labor National Conference.
Protesters at Labor National Conference.

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