Man released on bail after being charged with arson over the burning of the Old Parliament in Canberra | Australia News

A Victorian man charged with arson and damaging Commonwealth property following a fire in Canberra’s old parliament has been released on bail.

The 30-year-old appeared via video link on Tuesday from Canberra prison, where he was in pre-trial detention.

His bail conditions include reporting to the nearest police station to his home in Gippsland once a week, not entering the Australian Capital Territory except for legal purposes, and appearing before the court of the ACT when compelled to do so.

A removal order was granted on behalf of the man to protect him from potential retaliation for his alleged actions.

A woman claiming to belong to “the sovereign nation of Terra Australis” applied to represent the man in court, but was unsuccessful.

He is represented by Legal Aid.

A handful of supporters gathered outside the court and held a smoking ceremony.

Some protesters appeared to be part of the so-called Sovereign Citizen movement and told reporters that the police lacked jurisdiction to engage with them.

Members of the Native Tent Embassy, ​​which was set up across from the old parliament almost five decades ago, condemned last week’s blaze.

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Community elders also expressed concern about a recently set up anti-vaccination camp near the tented embassy.

The case will return to court on February 1.

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