A Victorian man charged with arson and damaging commonwealth property over a fire at Canberra's Old Parliament House has been granted bail.
The 30-year-old appeared via video link on Tuesday from Canberra's prison, where he was being held in remand.
His bail conditions include him reporting to the nearest police station to his home in Gippsland once a week, not entering the ACT unless for legal purposes and attending court in the ACT when compelled.
A suppression order has been granted to stop the man's name being publicised in fear of retribution for his alleged actions.
A woman purporting to be from "the sovereign nation of Terra Australis" applied to represent the man in court, but was denied.
He is being represented by Legal Aid.
The case will return to court on February 1.
Around one to two dozen supporters gathered outside the court draped in Indigenous clothing and traditional animal garments.
They held a smoking ceremony where they were initially met by 10 police officers who then returned to the station across the road after speaking with some of them.
Some protesters appeared to be part of a sovereign citizen movement and were telling reporters police had no jurisdiction to engage with them.
Members of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, which was set out across the road from the building almost five decades ago, have condemned last week's fire.
Community elders have also expressed concern about an anti-vaccination camp recently set up near the tent embassy.
Australian Associated Press
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