A painting inside Parliament House has become the latest artwork targeted by climate action protesters in a string of international incidents.
Federal police attended Canberra’s Parliament House at around 10:15 am after a woman glued herself to a historic artwork in protest against fossil fuels.
The painting depicting the suffragettes’ movement was protected by a sheet of perspex plastic and was undamaged.
The woman was removed from Parliament House and issued a banning notice, prohibiting her from entering Parliament House for 12 months.
A man who was part of the demonstration was also escorted out of Parliament House but faced no charges.
A police spokesperson said that while it was the first such incident they were aware of in the ACT, they were becoming increasingly common as protesters attempted to draw global attention to the climate crisis.
“Our guys are pretty adept these days at removing glue in these sorts of situations which are becoming quite common,” the spokesperson said.
Last month, Extinction Rebellion activists glued their hands to a Picasso painting at the National Gallery of Victoria, and activists threw tomato soup over Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London.