ACT Policing said the van was carrying gas cylinders which were exploded at approximately 10.45pm. The vehicle was destroyed and the two-storey office building, named Eternity House, was badly damaged by fire.

The police later said in a statement they had established the actions of the 35-year-old male driver “were not politically, religiously or ideologically motivated”.

ACL managing director Lyle Shelton posted two images online on Thursday morning of the vehicle outside the office in the inner-southern Canberra suburb of Deakin.

He also connected the incident to the ACL’s staunch opposition to same-sex marriage and the Safe Schools initiative, labelling the apparent attack “unsettling” in the context of death threats being made against members of the organisation.

“I think something of this nature, that appears to be so deliberate, is an attack against the sort of things that we’ve been saying in the public square,” he told ABC radio.

“And obviously someone didn’t like that which we stand for, which we’ve advocated publicly.”

He also suggested that rhetoric from politicians who had portrayed the ACL as a hate group motivated “unhinged” people to act violently.

Cr. Sydney Morning Herald

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