Organisers of a protest march in Brisbane were disappointed by the turnout of 1200 people to rally against government policies.

Organisers of an anti-government march in Brisbane have blamed complacency for a relatively poor turnout.

The Queensland government’s anti-bikie laws and plans to sell assets were among the issues discussed, as well as the plight of refugees and the Great Barrier Reef.

Organisers claim 5000 people took part in Sunday’s rally but police say no more than 1200 participated in the Brisbane CBD protest.

The protest, organised by March Australia, which began and finished in Queens Park, was part of a nationwide wave of rallies in regional centres on Saturday and Sunday.

Brisbane organiser David White said numbers had more than halved compared with a similar rally in March.

Another wave of protests was held in July after the Abbott government announced plans to cut health, education and welfare spending.

“I think a lot of people probably think that some of the worst aspects of the budget are going to be knocked back anyway,” Mr White told AAP.

“I think a lot of people perhaps are a bit complacent about (budget measures) now and are thinking well, they’re not going to come into law so why should we protest?”

A spokeswoman for Queensland police said the Brisbane event was peaceful and there were no arrests.

Civil libertarian Terry O’Gorman and Greens Senator Larissa Waters were among the speakers.