A Green MP was arrested and thrown into a police car during a peaceful climate test outside Scott Morrison's Sydney residence.
David Shoebridge, the founder of the Facebook page "Sniff Off", which discloses the location of drug detection dogs, was arrested together with ten other people in front of Kirribilli House during a "camp-out" climate protest.
Hundreds of demonstrators bunkered on the street in front of Mr. Morrison's address and promised to stay until the prime minister returns from his unknown vacation spot.
The group gathered outside the Kirribilli house on Thursday morning to express their anger at the Prime Minister's absence as the country fights a bushfire crisis.
Mr. Shoebridge was caught on a video that was searched by police officers who asked whose wallet he had in his pocket and pulled his belt from his pants.
Greens MP David Shoebridge speaks at the Kirribilli Camp Out climate rally
The police accompanied Mr. Shoebridge to the protest before he was arrested
"I disagree," said Shoebridge when the police searched.
"I actually followed the instructions and they still arrested me and now they're looking for me and heaven knows if they'll take me off."
Mr. Shoebrigde later tweeted: “Arrested and accused of violating a change of direction at the rally outside the Kirribilli house.
& # 39; Interesting fact is that I tried to match! Welcome in the style of the NSW police coalition. & # 39;
The police arrested ten adults and a young girl during the protest.
"Five men aged 34, 48, 52, 55 and 57 and five women aged 38, 42, 43, 55 and 66 received an attendance notice for the rejection / failure to comply with the instructions." & # 39; NSW police said Daily Mail Australia in a statement.
They are all due to appear before the Manly District Court on Thursday, January 16, 2019. A 17-year-old girl is treated under the Young Offenders Act.
The police support the right of individuals and groups to protest peacefully, but not if it affects their safety and the safety of others. Illegal behavior will not be tolerated. & # 39;
Reports earlier this week indicated that Mr. Morrison and his family are in Hawaii, although the prime minister's office has refused to confirm where he is.
Protesters react after police confronted them during a protest outside Kirribilli House in Sydney on Thursday, December 19, 2019
However, his vacation seems to have shortened after he became known on Thursday afternoon that he would go back to work on Monday.
He will then work through Christmas and New Year and travel to India and Japan in January to speak to the leaders about security and trade.
The hashtag #WhereTheBloodyHellAreYou is currently on Twitter.
Student Ambrose Hayes, one of the organizers of Thursday's protest, said activists wanted to stay in the residence until December 26 if they thought Mr. Morrison would return home.
The 14-year-old encouraged people to bring tents, snacks, dust masks and board games to the "Kirribilli Camp-out".
The Sydneysider believed that Mr. Morrison's vacation was badly planned.
& # 39; Our direct message to Scott Morrison is that he's coming home. Although he is entitled to vacation, it shouldn't come at a time when Australia is in crisis, ”Ambrose told the crowd.
A protester with a photo of a property destroyed by bushfire is arrested outside the Kirribilli House in Sydney on Thursday, December 19, 2019
He joined other students from the Schools Strike 4 Climate movement, as well as politicians and health professionals.
At the start of the protest, emergency response officers were on the north side of Sydney and the smell of bushfire smoke was heavy in the air.
Demonstrators, some of whom wore Hawaiian shirts, carried posters that read, "The time to talk is now" and "Come on, SloMo".
They urged the federal government to take immediate action against climate change, and did not call for new coal and gas projects, a transition to 100 percent renewable energy, and the funding of the affected workers for fossil fuels.
The Doctor of Sydney, Dr. Kim Loo said there is currently no framework to deal with the effects of climate change on health.
“It is negligent not to do anything to limit or adjust the damage. It is criminal to continue mining, burning, exporting oil, coal and gas because this is fueling the crisis, ”said Dr. Loo of the crowd.
Students from Schools Strike 4 Climate Movement, politicians and health professionals took part in the protests
"And this is the biggest crisis for our health in the 21st century."
Cheers erupted when the Green Senator, Dr. Mehreen Faruqi said that Mr. Morrison was missing in a time of crisis.
"Everyone is here today to ask a question," Where the hell is the Prime Minister? "Dr. Faruqi said.
Head of state Michael McCormack acts as Australian prime minister during the prime minister's absence – although a study has shown that most Australians would not recognize him on the street.
The Australia Institute has found that less than one in three knows who the incumbent prime minister is.
Ben Oquist of the Australia Institute said McCormack was getting better known, but was still less recognizable than most of his colleagues.
"To be clear, the Prime Minister and his family are fully entitled to vacation," said Oquist on Thursday.
"But part of the concern about Scott Morrison's undeclared vacation could be due to the fact that the country is run by someone whom two-thirds of Australians have never heard of."
The group gathered outside the Kirribilli house on Thursday morning to express their anger at the Prime Minister's absence as the country fights a bushfire crisis