Twelve people will face court in South Australia after Senator Cory Bernardi's office was trashed at the height of tensions over the Safe Schools Coalition.
The conservative senator had his Kent Town office vandalised on March 18, with banners bearing the "Socialist Alternative" logo left inside along with rubbish and papers strewn around. Protesters also gathered outside the senator's office, brandishing banners supporting Safe Schools and calling for the release of asylum seekers in immigration detention.
Bernardi was one of the leading voices calling for changes to be made to the LGBTI support program Safe Schools. He condemned the protest action on Twitter.
Lefty totalitarians have trashed my office and threatened my staff because their agenda has been exposed. What a bunch of cowards.— Cory Bernardi (@corybernardi) March 18, 2016
South Australian police announced on Monday that 12 people -- four juveniles and eight adults -- had been reported for disorderly behaviour at the protest, while three more were also reported for property damage.
"Police will allege the group entered an MP’s electoral office and defaced walls and carpet as well as pushing over a fence and destroying electoral material," police said in a statement.
"Reported for both offences are a 17-year-old woman from Inglewood, a 24-year-old woman from Prospect and a 20-year-old woman from Klemzig. Those reported for disorderly behaviour are: a 21-year-old man from Glenunga, a 21-year-old man from Adelaide, an 18-year-old woman from Bradbury, a 23-year-old man from Prospect, a 23-year-old man from Croydon, a 22-year-old woman from Croydon Park, a 17-year-old boy from Athelstone, a 14-year-old girl from Rosewater and a 19-year-old woman from Hewett."
The group will appear in court in Adelaide "at a later date," police say.