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A Liberal Politician's Office Got Glitter Bombed Over His Marriage Equality Comments

Nothing says "I'm angry" like a fistful of glitter.

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Young people in Canberra glitter bombed Liberal Senator Zed Seselja's office on Tuesday night after BuzzFeed News revealed he'd been caught contradicting himself on same-sex marriage.

He told a constituent he’d support the public’s decision in a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, but told the media he’d abstain from the vote to legalise marriage equality in parliament, regardless of the outcome of a plebiscite.
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He told a constituent he’d support the public’s decision in a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, but told the media he’d abstain from the vote to legalise marriage equality in parliament, regardless of the outcome of a plebiscite.

The six young people aged between 18 and 23 told BuzzFeed News they were "really angry at Zed's comments that he would choose not to vote".

They decided that "action needed to be taken to try to get it through to him that we don't want someone homophobic representing the ACT in government".
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They decided that "action needed to be taken to try to get it through to him that we don't want someone homophobic representing the ACT in government".

The group wanted to remain anonymous but said they were LGBTI, allies, and uni students from the University of Canberra and the ANU who support legalising same-sex marriage. They said they were not members of a political party.

"We thought that this would be a good way to help others see that he's not doing anything good for the LGBTI community, and hopefully they would put him and the other Liberals last," they told BuzzFeed News. Their aim was to glitter bomb, poster and chalk outside the senator's office on the main street of Canberra's CBD, but they were caught by his staff. The poster said: "Canberra Senator chooses discrimination over the will of the people".
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"We thought that this would be a good way to help others see that he's not doing anything good for the LGBTI community, and hopefully they would put him and the other Liberals last," they told BuzzFeed News.

Their aim was to glitter bomb, poster and chalk outside the senator's office on the main street of Canberra's CBD, but they were caught by his staff.

The poster said: "Canberra Senator chooses discrimination over the will of the people".

"Unfortunately his staff were still there but we started our action before being chased away," they said.

"[The Senator's staff] just yelled at us a bit, and told us to clean it up, and we said we didn't have anything to clean with sorry, so they went and got water, and when they came back out we politely said we were leaving, and left them to clean up all the chalk, and all the glitter, which is still all over the pavement."The posters and chalk graffiti have been removed, but some of the glitter remains in the paving outside Seselja's office.
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"[The Senator's staff] just yelled at us a bit, and told us to clean it up, and we said we didn't have anything to clean with sorry, so they went and got water, and when they came back out we politely said we were leaving, and left them to clean up all the chalk, and all the glitter, which is still all over the pavement."

The posters and chalk graffiti have been removed, but some of the glitter remains in the paving outside Seselja's office.

The group said after the senator's comments they won't be voting Liberal on July 2.

Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.

Contact Alice Workman at alice.workman@buzzfeed.com.

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