Hundreds hit at Federal Budget in Launceston.

About 750 people protested against the federal budget at Prince's Square, in Launceston, today. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON.

About 750 people protested against the federal budget at Prince's Square, in Launceston, today. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON.

PROTESTERS packed Launceston's Prince's Square this morning to express opposition to measures within the Federal Budget, saying it penalises the poor.

Co-organiser Nathan Greene estimated the turnout to be about 750 people.

However the figure appeared closer to 350.

A majority of the protesters were against cuts and changes to health, education, the Medicare co-payment, foreign aid, pensions and welfare system.

``Ultimately we would like another election,'' Mr Greene said.

``I think people were duped by lies prior to the election and what they have got afterwards is not what they voted for.

``This is only the start... the next one is in August, we will keep the pressure on.

``We would like some measures in budget blocked or amended to stop the impact on poor people.''

Among the speakers were Salvation Army Captain Kevin Lumb, Safe Asylum's Jeff McKinnion, Tasmanian University Union's Alphonse Mulumba, Health and Community Services Union state secretary Tim Jacobson, Doctor Davis Strong, Labor Senator Ann Urquhart and Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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