Riverina MP Michael McCormack calls for ‘serious’ response to fire in Old Parliament House | The daily advertiser

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Riverina MP Michael McCormack has called for “rapid and serious” consequences after a fire engulfed the front doors of the Old Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday morning. Emergency services were called to the fire in the old parliament building around 11.36am on Thursday during a protest involving more than 200 people. McCormack took to social media to condemn the fire after videos were shared widely online showing flames and thick black smoke rising above the doors of the historic building. “The old parliament building is on fire with protesters shouting ‘Let it burn! Let it burn! “” How shameful, “said McCormack. “A monstrous attack on our democracy, our history, our sovereignty. This modern penchant for tearing down our past serves no purpose.” The consequences should be swift and severe. “An ACT Emergency Services Agency spokesman said when the crews arrived, the front doors of the building were “well lit”. The building was evacuated as a precautionary measure and the fire was extinguished. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. which included the issuance of a deferral notice to the Australian Government Corporation. The Old Parliament House was used as the seat of Parliament from 1927 to 1988. It is now used as the Museum of Australian Democracy. in January next year.Videos shared on Twitter appear to show protesters outside the building with r eye waves out of the old parliament building. Ben Morton, the federal minister in charge of the Old Parliament House, said the government expected illegal activity to be dealt with by police and the courts as much as possible. “In our democracy, the freedom of peaceful protest is one that we can and should celebrate,” he said. “[The] actions in the old parliament building were not peaceful. The resulting damage undermines the message that peaceful protesters seek to deliver. “Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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