Gillard and federal opposition leader Tony Abbott were taken out of the building after a group of between 50 and 100 protesters from a nearby ceremony gathered around the building, bashing windows and brandishing sticks and rocks, according to federal police.
Mr Abbott said: ''I think the indigenous people of Australia can be very proud of the respect in which they are held by every Australian and, yes, I think a lot has changed since then and I think it probably is time to move on from that.''
Why is Australia a properous, successful society today? Because it was settled by the British.
I agree with Tony Abbott and think his remarks entirely sensible. The tent embassy in Canberra says nothing to anyone and should have been quietly packed up years ago. The “activists” who run it would be better off investing time in youth programs in indigenous communities. Every government in Australia is aware of its responsibilities to Aboriginal Australians. The debate is how you narrow the gap not whether you should and the debate is as serious within the Aboriginal community as between it and the white.
Anyway here we have again the bankruptcy of the old Leftist approach: throw a demo. Every time some respectable body does this – the ACTU or Unions NSW or a pro-refugee group – the same thing happens: on the street the extremists take over. The Trots love a blue, “the worse things are the better they are” and by radicalizing everyone and breaking heads it all hastens the World October, onto revolution, comrades.
Well, if you count stealing their land, then, yes, that's a contribution, and I don't think anyone's denying that. But the land was sitting there and would still be sitting there, unexploited, if Australia had never been discovered.
Regarding the British not exporting their "best and brightest" - that's exactly the point. The settlers were an underclass at home, but they arrived and they made something of it. They didn't sit around for 30 years in a shack protesting the mistreatment of their ancestors.
Aboriginal protesters torch Australian flag outside Parliament.
Aboriginal tent embassy protesters have burnt the Australian flag at the front steps of Parliament House as tensions surrounding the controversial protest site erupted in Canberra today.
The escalation came as Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she was unaware of claims one of her staffers may have triggered yesterday's ugly Aboriginal protest, which culminated in her being dragged from a Canberra restaurant by her security team.
A crowd of at least 400 protesters this afternoon marched from Old Parliament House up Commonwealth Avenue and stormed the front verandah of Parliament House about 2.30pm, despite a large police presence.
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