Australian government building evacuated after 'suspicious package' discovered

An Australian government building has been evacuated after a “suspicious package” was discovered – with a bomb detection robot on the spot.

The discovery in Civic Square, Canberra, has forced the ACT Legislative Assembly to close its public entrance and emergency services to seal the area.

Several buildings in the city center were evacuated on Wednesday afternoon local time, with Canberra Museum and Gallery building among the buildings currently off-limits.

However, the members of the Assembly themselves were not evacuated while Question Time was running as planned.

The London Circuit between Northbourne Avenue and Akuna St has been closed with people asked to avoid the area.

ACT Policing said in a statement, “Several buildings in the area have been evacuated as a precaution,” a spokesman said.

London Circuit is not closed, but motorists and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area if possible as there may be congestion and delays.

“There is no threat to the wider community.”

The ACT Legislative Assembly tweeted, “The Assembly building’s public entrance is closed to visitors as a suspicious parcel has been found near Civic Square.

“Access to the Assembly Building is via the emergency entrance on the ground floor of London Circuit.”

A further tweet confirmed: “The bells are ringing for Question Time #YourAssembly. The procedure continues as planned. “