Calls for tougher penalties: McCormack

Riverina MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has escalated his rhetoric against Black Lives Matter protesters.
Riverina MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has escalated his rhetoric against Black Lives Matter protesters.

The Deputy Prime Minister has hardened his tone against Black Lives Matter protesters, saying they "should be locked up" for breaching social distances rules.

Riverina MP Michael McCormack's comments came after further rallies in Sydney this week, during which several activists and their organiser were arrested by NSW Police.

"These people who are protesting ... are thumbing their nose at the police, are showing a flagrant disregard for the law, and are showing a callous indifference to the lives and livelihoods of Australians all over," Mr McCormack said.

"If they want to break the rules and thumb the nose at police, they should be locked up - it's as simple as that.

"If it's well and good for three pubs in Wagga to be given fines for breaching the rules ... then protesters also need to be fined, they need to have the book thrown at them."

In addition to the arrests, there were also several protesters who were hit with $1000 fines and criminal infringement notices.

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