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Published: Fri, December 02, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Australian Parliament shut down by protestors

Australian Parliament shut down by protestors

About 30 protesters clashed with security guards at Australia's parliament on Wednesday, some gluing themselves to handrails and shouting "close the camps", in a rowdy demonstration against the detention of asylum seekers in remote Pacific camps.

Some protesters glued their hands to a front railing.

The Government has ordered an investigation into how the protesters forced the temporary shutdown of question time.

The protesters were demonstrating against Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers had caused a brief disruption in Parliament, with security officers finally wresting them out.

The Speaker, Tony Smith, adjourned the session for 40 of its scheduled 90 minutes after the first question was asked.

Protestors are escorted from Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday. They disrupted a major economic speech by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in August.

According to the ABC, a group calling themselved the Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance have claimed responsibility for the protest.

The Australian Federal Police said no charges had been laid yet but that their investigation was ongoing.

"We are here today because your policies are breaking our hearts", one protester said.

Many protesters were wrestled to the ground by security and dragged from the chamber.

Mr Dutton turned his sights on the "completely outrageous" comments made by magistrate Trevor Morgan who dealt with the matter, suggesting they encouraged the activist to ratchet up her actions. "What do they believe they were doing in making this political statement in the court".

"We've shut down parliament #closethecamps #bringthemhere", the group tweeted.

The protest on Wednesday comes two weeks after Australia and the USA reached a resettlement deal for asylum seekers held in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

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