Emergency services attend fire at Old Parliament House

Hannah Neale
By Hannah Neale
Updated December 30 2021 - 2:00am, first published 1:58am

Chaotic scenes outside Old Parliament House continue after protesters allegedly set the front door of the building on fire.

Emergency services were called to the fire at Old Parliament House about 11.36am on Thursday.



An ESA spokesperson said that, upon arrival, crews found the front doors of the building "well alight".

First Nations people protest out the front of Old Parliament House on Thursday. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

The building was evacuated as a precaution and the fire extinguished.

About 200 protestors are still on the scene and reportedly combative with media crews. The crowd of protesters have reportedly been heard chanting "let it burn".

Videos shared on Twitter appear to show protesters outside the building with smoke billowing out of Old Parliament House.

First Nations person speaks to media out the front of Old Parliament House on Thursday. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

From December 18, First Nations people and allies have met daily at the Tent Embassy for a historical and cultural ceremony which included the deliverance of an eviction notice to the Australian Government Corporation.

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Hannah Neale

Hannah Neale


Hannah is a general reporter with The Canberra Times. She is currently covering the early breaking news shift and is ready to chase your morning headlines. Hannah started as a journalist with The Southern Highland News and The Goulburn Post before moving to the ACT. Twitter: @neale_hannah

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