Consulates in Melbourne and Canberra evacuated over 'suspicious package'

Marsha Scott
January 10, 2019

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are investigating after suspicious packages were delivered to worldwide consulates and embassies across Melbourne and Canberra.

Police in Australia were on Wednesday investigating several suspicious packages sent to the Indian consulate and several other missions in Melbourne.

Australian Federal Police are now examining the packages, which were delivered to consulates on St Kilda Rd and in the CBD.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade confirmed shortly before 3pm that it was assisting Australian Federal Police at embassies across Melbourne.

The AFP said some embassies and consulates in Canberra had also been affected.

An AFP spokesperson said that as the matter is subject to further inquiries, they would not be providing further information.

Diplomatic offices in Melbourne for countries including Germany, Italy, India, Spain and South Korea were among those attended by police, fire crews and ambulance officers on Wednesday afternoon.

Hazardous material warnings were also shown near the Indonesian, Thai, Greek, Egyptian and Japanese consulates in Melbourne.

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On Monday, suspicious parcels containing a white substance were sent to Argentina's consulate in Sydney. It is unclear what embassies in Canberra were affected.

A number of consulates have been evacuated in Melbourne.

There were at least 17 "hazardous material" warnings listed on the Victoria Emergency website after 1pm, scattered across the city on Collins St, Queens St, William St, St Kilda Rd and Albert Rd.

Sky reported that the scare coincided with the USA embassy's hazmat training, which had been booked for months.

The foreign consulates are based mainly in St Kilda Road and the city centre.

Some of the packages were reported to contain what appeared to be concrete, and were labelled asbestos.

Emergency workers wearing chemical suits were seen entering some of the buildings.

Staff members were later allowed to re-enter the building, which was deemed safe by Vic Emergency, the collective body of emergency agencies in Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital.

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