Extinction Rebellion protesters burnt a large hole in the Australian flag during a protest on the steps of Victoria’s Parliament coinciding with the opening of the Glasgow Climate summit.
“Our politicians are burning the nation,” the group claimed in a Twitter post.
They said the burning of the flag was meant to send a “powerful request” to world leaders and symbolise how “politicians are burning the nation”.
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“The Prime Minister says that our response to the climate emergency is uniquely Australian, we’ll do net zero the Australian Way,” the tweet read.
“If this is the Australian Way, then it’s a condemnation of what it means to be Australian. It is time to rebel against the Australian way.”
Further tweets called on world leaders to exclude Australia from the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow which started on Monday morning.
“This is a message to the leaders of the world, as they converge in a last-ditch effort to treat this climate emergency as if it was real,” the tweet read.
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“It is about what the PM has deigned to call ‘the Australian Way’. We are Australians. We ask to please lock Australia out of UN Climate Talks.
“If we’re to have any chance of genuine success at COP26, you must lock Australia out of negotiations. That is the only way to stop Australia from continuing on its path of ecocide and genocide.”
The dramatic demonstration from climate activists comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison agreed to a net zero by 2050 target before heading to COP26.
After weeks of political wrangling, the Nationals party room decided to support a net zero policy, allowing Mr Morrison to take a 2050 target to the Glasgow summit.
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Extinction Rebellion activists in Victoria and across Australia, however, have continued to protest the agreement. 
Another demonstration was held in Brisbane this morning with police removing four Extinction Rebellion protesters who shut down William Jolly Bridge in the CBD.
The group locked themselves to metal pipes attached to a kayak and parked a ute across two lanes at an intersection, causing massive delays for commuters.
Queensland Police later removed and arrested the protesters allowing traffic along the Inner City Bypass and Coronation Drive to ease.
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One protester who claimed to be an environmental scientist said the group were protesting Mr Morrison’s net zero target.
“Australia’s net-zero plan is that science project you got a D for in grade seven. You completely forgot about it,” she said, according to the Courier Mail.
“Then the day it was due you threw some baking powder and water on a pile of dirt, called it a volcano, and hoped no one noticed. Newsflash Scott Morrison, we noticed.”
Mr Morrison’s net zero plan requires emissions to be cut by 26-28 per cent by 2030 and has been labelled “weak” and “last minute” by political opponents.
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Labor said the Coalition’s net zero plan was a “scam” straight out of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s playbook.
“We haven’t seen the modelling, and we haven’t had the detail. Because there is net zero modelling, net zero legislation and net zero unity,” Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said.
The OECD said in a September 2021 report that Australian emissions remain among the highest in the world per unit of GDP and by person.
But Australia has improved its position with greenhouse gas emissions falling across the nation by 30 per cent per capita between 2005 and 2017 which is nearly double the average per capita decline of other OECD countries.
Global pressure to commit to a net zero target ramped up after the UN published its climate report in August, pushing for drastic and sustained cuts to greenhouse gas emissions this decade.

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