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Commotion at the NLA

By Ralph - 6 May 2005 28

An incident has recently occurred at the National Library.

Large numbers of police are in attendance and the library has been closed to the public.

More details as they come to hand.

ED – Em writes:

Was going to the Baby Mozart concert at 11am but police had cordoned off the National Library entry. According to 666 ABC, there was a “suspicious parcel” found in the building – all clear now, but the building is still blocked off. Was told at the time that the concert would be on at 12:30pm instead, but I just phoned the Library and they said it’s now planned for 2:30pm but call to make sure the Library is open by then!

ED – Absent Diane writes:

Hi All,

DIMIA is currently locked down with a substance scare – I have heard rumours that National Library is as well.

Can anyone confirm.

Wax Off

ED – ABC Online reports:

An invitation to a charity ball has sparked a security scare at two of Canberra’s national institutions.

The substance turned out to be sand that had leaked out of an invitation to attend the South Pacific Ball, an event organised by the Southcare Rescue Helicopter Trust.

The same invitation also disrupted activities at Questacon and the Department of Immigration offices in Belconnen.

Only in Canberra.

Final Update:

The Canberra Times has comprehensive reportage here.

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28 Responses to
Commotion at the NLA
em 2:37 pm 06 May 05

Called Ticketek – they haven’t yet had confirmation of what’s going to happen from the Baby Mozart promoters, so anyone still with tickets should call Ticketek tomorrow to find out if there’s going to be another concert or a refund.

LurkerGal 2:36 pm 06 May 05

You do that! And I am always very quick to point out that I work in the nice part of the Dept, nothing to do with immigration or locking people up or deportation. We are lovely fluffy bunnies where I am. We don’t deserve to be anthraxed to within an inch of our lives!

Thumper 2:29 pm 06 May 05

Ahh… forget that last post and I’ll give myself an uppercut…

Thumper 2:28 pm 06 May 05


are you over in NLA. I thought you were over at Belconnen somewhere. Inside source?

Anonymous 2:25 pm 06 May 05

Ah, transparency in DIMIA. Oxymoron?

LurkerGal 2:23 pm 06 May 05

Yes, it would indeed be a secret….. If everyone didn’t already know where I worked because I had TOLD THEM.

anonymous 2:23 pm 06 May 05

NLA is back in operation

Anonymous 2:22 pm 06 May 05

Aha! LG’s hideous secret revealed!

LurkerGal 2:17 pm 06 May 05

Can confirm DIMIA was in lockdown from about 10am til 2pm. Suspicious substance found to be harmless. After 4 hours without air, staff not quite so harmless…


em 2:14 pm 06 May 05

Just called NLA again as I’d been told they were hoping to hold Baby Mozart at 2:30pm for those who couldn’t get into the 11am performance. NLA says they’re still locked down, and it’s not looking good for those hoping to go to Baby Mozart today. Will be calling Ticketek to see if I can get a refund…..

Thumper 2:12 pm 06 May 05

Now that has to be bummer on a Friday arvo. How the hell can you get to the Durham for a beer!

JB 1:56 pm 06 May 05

Can also confirm that they are not letting anyone in or out of the NLA.

JB 1:54 pm 06 May 05

Yep sources inside the building tell us that the NLA has been locked down – for bomb threat – as is questicon, and dimia

Ralph 1:42 pm 06 May 05

Fire truck turned up at the NLA about half an hour ago.

Chris 1:41 pm 06 May 05

Perhaps the Yartzmafia discovered Paul Hetherington was named head honcho of the ACT Arts body and they all want grants…..

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