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05 August 2021
By Matt Hrkac

Extinction Rebellion: Duty of Care action at Josh Frydenberg's office

The Australian federal court recently ruled that the federal government has a duty of care to protect future generations from climate harm, and the federal government is seeking to appeal this ruling.

Extinction Rebellion staged an action at the front of Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's electoral office to demand that the government take its commitment to protecting future generations seriously.

Two activists scaled the roof and remained in place for close to six hours as police were reportedly reluctant to make any arrests. Several activists also glued on the front door entrance to the office.

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Several activists glue on to the front entrance of Frydenberg's office.

XR Youth was highly energetic and visible.

Pedal Rebels cycle past the action several times.

The pair on the roof remain up there for several hours.

A DISCObedience flashmob starts, dancing to Bee Gee's Stayin' Alive.

After a stand off lasting five hours, the fire brigade finally arrives.

First of the two rooftop protesters is taken off the rooftop and led away by police. He's immediately released.

The second of the rooftop protesters glued on, making it more difficult for him to be removed.

He doesn't cooperate with police either. He's taken into custody.

A third protester is taken under arrest and into custody for gluing on at the front entrance of Frydenberg's office.

About the author:

Matt Hrkac is a freelance photographer from Geelong and works primarily in the Geelong and Melbourne areas. He uses his photojournalistic photography style to cover numerous public events, activism and protests. In addition to this, he also works as a stills photographer for productions as well as covering live performances. If you like what you see, please consider giving a small donation to help cover expenses.

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In the spirit of reconciliation I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community on which I live and work. I pay my sincerist respects to all Elders past and present. I live on unceded lands of the Wathaurong (Wadda Wurrung) People of the Kulin Nation.