Protesters demanding action on climate change brought traffic and trams to a standstill in the Melbourne CBD this morning by gluing themselves to a major roadway.
A large police presence including up to a dozen riot squad vehicles met the protesters at St Kilda Road just before the 9am peak hour rush on Wednesday.
Some of the crowd - there demanding firm action on climate change ahead of the Glasgow climate summit - were handcuffed and led away while officers worked to unglue others from the asphalt.
Protesters demanding action on climate change swarmed Melbourne CBD on Wednesday morning (pictured)
White prams were hung over Princes Bridge on rope which protesters said were to represent 'life hanging by a thread'.
The relatively small crowd chanted slogans and held banners which read 'climate code red for humanity'.
Victoria Police confirmed they arrested seven people at the rally who are assisting with inquiries.
The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference is being held in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12.
The conference is an annual event in which member countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meet.
Both major international treaties requiring action on climate change, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreements, stem from the conference.
A number of protesters glues themselves to the major roadway - blocking traffic and trams in both directions (pictured)
Victoria Police confirmed there were seven arrests at the protests and the road has since been cleared (pictured)
Ahead of the conference, the Morrison government announced a net zero emissions by 2050 policy this week.
The government claims the plan sets out a map towards zero emissions without damaging existing industries.
However, critics have said the plan is vague, relying on 'technology breakthroughs' and 'global trends' and using carbon offsets.
Scott Morrison has accused critics of his 2050 net-zero plan of not understanding Australia as pressure grows over climate change action.
Influential software billionaire and climate advocate Mike Cannon-Brookes slammed the presentation as 'just more bullsh*t'.
A chorus of international and domestic critics including David Attenborough blasted the plan for lacking detail and failing to increase 2030 emissions reduction targets.
The rally (pictured) was held ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow
a large number of police and about a dozen riot squad vehicle were seen at nearby Flinders Street station (pictured)
Mr Morrison rejected the barrage of disapproval, saying it came from people who wanted to tax, regulate and shut industries down.
'Everyone else who doesn't understand Australia, our economy and the challenges we have here are entitled to their opinions,' he told the Seven Network on Wednesday.
'But I will do what is right for Australia and we are getting results.'
The government argues it has reduced carbon emissions 20 per cent since 2005 and projects a cut of 30 to 35 per cent by the end of the decade.
But it is not budging on its 2030 target of 26 to 28 per cent ahead of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, which the prime minister will attend next week.
The Morrison government released their net zero by 2050 climate policy this week (pictured)
'Australia's actions and results speak more than the words of others,' Mr Morrison said.
'We're getting it done, Australians want it done but they don't want to throw their livelihoods away.'
Mr Morrison defended pinning hopes on technologies which have not yet been developed.
'I'm sure people said that to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, but we didn't need a tax or a law to develop the iPhone or develop a COVID vaccine,' he told 2GB radio.
Australian software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes said the Morrison government's net zero by 2050 policy was 'just more bulls***'
Labor climate spokesman Chris Bowen said the next election would be a climate change contest, labelling the announcement a 'steaming pile of nothingness'.
The opposition is waiting to see what comes out of the Glasgow summit before finalising a climate policy it will take to voters.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor was grilled about why modelling underpinning key assumptions about the economic impact of a 2050 target was not released.
'The modelling will be released at an appropriate time,' he told the ABC.
The crowd chanted slogans and held signs before they were dispersed ahead of peak hour on Wednesday (pictured)
The government plan claims 100,000 jobs will be created in renewable energy alongside 62,000 roles in regional mining and heavy industry.
It also suggests people will be on average $2000 better off and electricity prices won't rise.
There are outstanding questions about what the Nationals were promised in exchange for the junior coalition partner's lukewarm support for a 2050 net-zero goal.
While Resources Minister Keith Pitt has returned to cabinet, it is unclear what other sweeteners were offered.