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Protesters against Aussie refugee treatment delay Parliament

  • Security officers remove protesters from Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Rowdy protesters demonstrating against Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers have caused a brief disruption in Parliament, with security officers finally wresting them out. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

    Security officers remove protesters from Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Rowdy protesters demonstrating against Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers have caused a brief disruption in Parliament, with security officers finally wresting them out. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)  (The Associated Press)

  • Security officers remove protesters from Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Rowdy protesters demonstrating against Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers have caused a brief disruption in Parliament, with security officers finally wresting them out. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

    Security officers remove protesters from Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Rowdy protesters demonstrating against Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers have caused a brief disruption in Parliament, with security officers finally wresting them out. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters link arms in a public area at the center of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, demanding that Australia resettle refugees who attempt to reach its shores by boat. Another 30 shouting demonstrators in a public gallery drowned out the House of Representatives where lawmakers had gathered. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

    Protesters link arms in a public area at the center of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, demanding that Australia resettle refugees who attempt to reach its shores by boat. Another 30 shouting demonstrators in a public gallery drowned out the House of Representatives where lawmakers had gathered. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)  (The Associated Press)

Rowdy protesters demonstrating against Australia's treatment of asylum seekers have caused a disruption in Parliament, with security officers finally wresting them out.

Around 30 shouting demonstrators in a public gallery drowned out the House of Representatives, where lawmakers had gathered Wednesday for a combative, daily 90-minute session in which opposition lawmakers question government ministers about their portfolios. Some protesters appeared to glue their hands to a front railing.

Speaker Tony Smith adjourned the sitting after the first question while security officers regained order.

Government Minister Christopher Pyne described the 40-minute disruption as "the most serious intrusion into the Parliament" in 20 years and asked the speaker to investigate.