Riot squad at Kirribilli House Indigenous protest, one arrest made

6 July – Protesters were surrounded by the riot squad and police at Kirribilli House today outside a summit with Indigenous leaders.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition leader Bill Shorten co-hosted a forum on indigenous recognition in the constitution.

About 40 officers made their presence felt outside the conference.

A ring of police circled the protesters and traffic was diverted away from the scene.

One man was arrested for allegedly spitting on a vehicle and was moved on from the area.

There was a strong police presence outside the conference. Picture: Toby Zerna

There was a strong police presence outside the conference. 

Indigenous protesters descended on Kirribilli for about three hours. Picture: Toby Zerna

Indigenous protesters descended on Kirribilli for about three hours. 

The man, in his thirties, was issued with a fine for offensive behaviour.

The noisy protest started at 11am and attracted about 50 people including several children.

The group had mostly dispersed by 2pm.

The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council were part of the protest and chief executive Nathan Moran explained why he was there.

“Simply to show we have a grave issue with not being invited,” he said.

A view of the protest from above. Picture: Britta Campion

A view of the protest from above. 

“We represent more Aboriginal people than the entirety of all the other states but unfortunately we’ve been left out in the cold.

“It’s a very sad reality check that government is choosing to ignore our system. They created the local land council systems and are bypassing all that to hand-pick what they would like.”

He called for an end to Australia’s status as the “last penal colony” on earth and called for a treaty with indigenous people.

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