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.