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.
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.