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Bollards bollocks up pollie arrivals

By Kerces - 9 February 2006 24

There was much amusement among observers at Parliament House this morning as the newly-installed bollards on the Senate entrance got stuck just as important people were arriving.

The ABC is now running the story along with some observations from Greens senator Bob Brown.

The first person to discover the stuck bollards was Senate president Paul Calvert. I arrived some time after all this excitement, but eyewitnesses say the Senator’s car and all the others lined up behind it had to back down the Senate driveway and around Parliament Drive before their occupants disembarked and tramped up the driveway.

Senator Brown later put out a press release calling for the bollards to be used only in times of high security alerts, although I’m sure he took some time to chuckle at the misfortune of those stuck outside before composing this.

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Bollards bollocks up pollie arrivals
johnboy 8:30 am 10 Feb 06

When you make one Mael.

Maelinar 8:05 am 10 Feb 06

JB, CTAFJ (can’t take a fucking joke)

Lighten up man, not all the world is out to get you…

Thumper 8:04 am 10 Feb 06

I got attacked by some rogue stairs in Africa once.

Dangerous creatures when they go rogue. Attack at night when you least expect it…

Untold thousands of people per annun die from stair attacks in Africa alone.

I don’t think you should be mocking stairs JB….

johnboy 10:47 pm 09 Feb 06

Stairs are going to kill you?

Angelique 10:02 pm 09 Feb 06

Those bollards are so annoying to people who work at PH and want to be picked up. Boo hoo that the pres had to walk out of his way once – what about the thousands of us plebs who work there?

colsim 6:59 pm 09 Feb 06

well, that’d make sense.

johnboy 5:19 pm 09 Feb 06

“The first person to discover the stuck bollards was Senate president Paul Calvert.”

A is for Article.

colsim 5:10 pm 09 Feb 06

that’d be precedent

colsim 5:09 pm 09 Feb 06

Yeah, i was wondering that – read the fucking a?
(antecedent?)

colsim 5:08 pm 09 Feb 06

Aren’t the point of most terrorist attacks to create terror by setting up the possibility that you could be killed anytime anywhere?

Not sure how that makes PH much of a target. Even the Sept.11 guys were aiming their 4th plane at the Whitehouse rather than Congress.

bulldog 5:05 pm 09 Feb 06

what’s RTFA?

bulldog 5:03 pm 09 Feb 06

The bollards are there due to a risk analysis carried out by the experts. What’s the point in having them (at a cost of $4 mill). Furthermore; how sheltered must Bob be to believe that PH isn’t susceptible to attack in times of general alert. IMHO Bob Brown hasn’t had anything to say for a while so he’s just making noise.

Besides, a bit of excercise probably woudn’t do the Senators any harm. I also suspect that it may not have been a malfuntion, but rather some security staff having a giggle watching the CCTV footage.

johnboy 5:02 pm 09 Feb 06

The President of the Senate

who had to walk up on foot.

RTFA at least if you can’t be bothered knowing the basics of our parliament.

Maelinar 4:48 pm 09 Feb 06

If terrorists were attacking our president…

You a republican JB ? (or have you watched patriot games recently) ?

Unfortunately we can’t have it both ways, either the nation is kept in a high state of tension re: terrorists in order to allow the Government to get away with blue murder, and the bollards respectively stay up, or the Government lowers it’s stance by saying that the terrorists aren’t such a danger anymore and the bollards come down.

Whilst we have troops in Iraq, and on any other American-inspired combat forays into sovereign nations, my guess it’s going to remain the first option for a while yet…

johnboy 4:25 pm 09 Feb 06

It’s scary. If terrorists were attacking then blocking the car and getting the President out on foot would be a good way to start.

Idiots should have driven him to another entrance.

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