PM slams vegan protests
The Prime Minister has slammed animal rights activists as groups protest around the country.
Scott Morrison says the animal activists behind a new map of farmers' addresses and contact details are “un-Australian”.
Meanwhile, vegan activists have held protests across Australia, including one that brought Melbourne's CBD to a standstill on Monday morning.
The Prime Minister scolded their actions as “shameful”.
“This is just another form of activism that I think runs against the national interest, and the national interest is being able to farm their own land,” he told radio 2GB.
The Morrison government has punished the controversial Aussie Farms website, placing it under privacy laws that expose it to much tougher penalties, after it to take down the map.
With animal rights campaigners chaining themselves to equipment at Queensland abattoirs over the weekend, the Prime Minister wants police involved.
“I'm expecting state governments - as I'm sure they will - to do their jobs,” he said.
Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner says he is drafting regulations for police and agriculture ministers to issue protesters with on-the-spot fines.
Meanwhile in Melbourne, police have responded to what they described as peaceful protest involving dozens of vegans chaining themselves to vans in the idle of one of the city’s busiest intersections.
News footage appeared to show some arrests as the protestors were moved on.
Additionally, nine people have been arrested at an abattoir in NSW’s Southern Tablelands after breaking in and chaining themselves to a conveyor.
Goulburn Police Rescue cut the people free and arrested them at the scene.