Emergency services were called today after a "suspicious package" was delivered to the post box of federal politician Craig Laundy in Burwood, Sydney.
What was in this package? Glitter. Yes, glitter.
After last week's joint party room meeting resulted in no free vote for Liberal and National MPs, marriage equality activists at GetUp organised a postal protest.
The group sent letters, encased in packages full of glitter, to all government MPs. Politicians who opposed a free vote received letters expressing disappointment at their actions.
"Sorry if this letter made a bit of a mess in your office. But the thing is, you made more than a bit of a mess in Australia last week," the letter read.
"Please, no more delays. It's time for marriage equality in Australia."
MPs who supported a free vote were also sent a glitter-filled envelope, but with a letter thanking them for their support instead.
Craig Laundy did not take the glitter well. After 13 emergency vehicles had been and gone, he posted an angry Facebook status labelling the protest "grossly irresponsible".
"The emergency response today when my staff found a suspicious package in our PO Box was tremendous," he wrote. "It has since been discovered that it was a stupid stunt by GetUp.
"I'm all for organisations making contact with me, but to send any undeclared substance through the mail to the office of a member of parliament will inevitably cause alarm and divert important police and emergency services from their critical work."
The letters and glitter were sent in standard Australia Post express packages.
GetUp campaigner Sally Rugg told BuzzFeed News the glitter was intended as a message that "prejudice can never take away our pride".
"Last week the Coalition sent a clear message to LGBT Australians – that they do not recognise our love, value our commitment, or see our relationships as equal," she said.
Joy Nason, a GetUp member, said she was sending glitter to government MPs because she was proud to be an Australian who supports marriage equality.
"The prime minister seems to be doing everything he can to rain on our parade, so glitter seems like the perfect way to brighten up his attitude. And his carpet!" she said.
Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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