27 January 2012
You can hardly believe such things happen still in Australia, but in extraordinary scenes yesterday a visibly scared Prime Minister Julia Gillard was swept away by security and lost a shoe in the process, after a protest got out of hand.
The protesters were actually targetting Mr Abbott after he suggested it was time to move on from the politics of the tent embassy, established outside Old Parliament House 40 years ago today.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said he was appalled at the level of disrespect and aggression shown towards the two leaders.
"An aggressive, divisive and frightening protest such as this has no place in debates about the affairs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples or in any circumstances," he said.
"While we need to acknowledge there's a real anger, frustration and hurt that exists in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia, we must not give in to aggressive and disrespectful actions. Vent your frustrations and your anger but do it in a peaceful way,'' he continued.
Even our own Stan Walker was appalled by the situation, and took to his Facebook page to comment on what happened.
"Violence is never the answer nor is it the solution 2 any problem.." Stan posted.
"In all what has happened i feel so sorry 4 our prime minister... But I do hope we can honour and uphold the sovereignty of the land to its people, the aboriginal people so that we may respect this ancient heritage... Healing still needs 2 take place in this nation.. Lets have unity 2 bring a reconciliation that is much needed 4 this beautiful land & all the people who dwell in it.."
What do you think about what happened yesterday? Did security overreact?