Protesters against Aussie refugee treatment glue hands to Parliament railing

  • Protesters against Aussie refugee treatment glue hands to Parliament railing

Protesters against Aussie refugee treatment glue hands to Parliament railing

Some protesters glued their hands to a front railing.

Around 30 shouting demonstrators in a public gallery drowned out the House of Representatives question time. Proceedings did not resume for 40 minutes.

Mr Smith said he wanted to address some "inaccurate" reporting of the proposed upgrades which were presented to the House on November 30, 2016, mainly, how the public will access the roof.

A group called the Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA) took to Twitter to claim responsibility for the protest.

Senior government minster and Leader of the House Christopher Pyne said the chaotic incident wast the "most serious intrusion into the Parliament" since the 1996 riots organised by the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

It comes after protesters yesterday shut down question time for over half an hour.

HuffPost Australia political editor Karen Barlow was on the scene to capture video as the protest spilled from the House of Representatives into the rest of Parliament House. There were no arrests but the abseiling pair have been ordered to appear in court, according to the Australian Federal Police.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann during debate in the Senate on Wednesday
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann during debate in the Senate on Wednesday

However, many of them were dragged out from the chamber by guards. "No matter what the protest, no matter who tries it or what the issue they think it is, this is the exact opposite of democracy".

The daily Question Time began at 2pm.

"It's important to acknowledge these works do have an impact on the original design intent on Parliament House", Mr Smith said.

In a colourful outburst posted to his official social media account on Thursday, Senator McGrath condemned the behaviour of the protesters and said they should be made to pay for any damage caused to the historic building. We're not sure what the rest of the question was, because at that point, shouts erupted from the public gallery overlooking the floor of the House of Representatives. Security officers forced them into a lift and sent them to the building's basement.

"It was a very rowdy protest", he told Melbourne Radio3AW.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale thanked one protester and told her "we are so proud of what you have done". "Justice4refugees." The water in the fountain in front of the parliamentary building was turned red with dye.