Police have been asked to clear a camp of protestors on the Patrick White Lawns near the National Library of Australia.
The ‘Convoy to Canberra’ arrived on Monday morning (31 January) as part of a national protest against vaccination and mask mandates. The hundreds-strong group marched on Parliament House on Monday and surrounded the National Press Club on Tuesday after hearing that Prime Minister Scott Morrison was speaking.
The National Capital Authority (NCA) said in a statement it had asked the Australian Federal Police and ACT Policing to “take necessary action to enforce the laws and remove tents, camping infrastructure and vehicles from the site”.
Unauthorised camping is not permitted in the parliamentary precinct or NCA-managed lands.
The NCA has granted permits to several event organisers who are beginning to set up today. No other permits have been issued in relation to the East and West Lawns, Questacon car park or Patrick White Lawns.