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Do you feel safer in Canberra?

By Funky1 24 November 2009 37

Being the seat of Federal Parliament and with so many Dept of Defence facilities in the area, do you feel safer living in Canberra than anywhere else in the Nation?

I recall when the previous U.S. President (was it Bush or Clinton) stayed a few nights in our Capital city, the F18 flew overhead constantly 24 hours a day and surely we have more AFP officers per capita than any other city.

But I noticed something yesterday and today that alarms me a little. On the way to work both mornings and travelling up Yamba Drive, when you start to go around Parliament House, there’s rather large, full garbage bag sitting on the side of the road, between the road and Parliament House. Now surely someone of authority must have seen it there and thought (even ever so slightly) “what if there’s a bomb or some other incendiary device in that bag?” It was less than 100 metres from Kev’s place as well (which some of you may wish was a bit closer if it was such a device) and across the road from the U.S. Embassy.

Now it may just be (and probably is) someone’s garbage that has fallen off the back of a ute or trailer as they entered the curve, but am I being paranoid or should such items be investigated and removed as a matter of course?

What’s Your opinion?


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westyonline 10:48 pm 04 Dec 09

A Well Decked Out “Homeless Guy” does not own a wifi laptop and a sw radio,HE OWNS A HOUSE!you pillik!

Hercsie 9:48 am 03 Dec 09

dot3 why do you have to wonder at the homeless guy in the red van having a wifi laptop and a shortwave radio?

busgirl 8:40 pm 26 Nov 09

Holden Caulfield said :

Won’t somebody, please, think of the blue Falcon!

a haha ha ha ahahahaha…I have tears rolling down my cheeks…

deezagood 5:52 pm 26 Nov 09

I feel safer living in Canberra than I do in other Australian cities. I don’t know why – it probably isn’t rational … but I do feel quite safe here. I go running at night after dark, through local parks – I would never do that in other cities. I also feel much safer in Australia than I do in a very large number of places in the world. We are really lucky to live here (in Canberra and also Australia generally).

Funky1 5:35 pm 26 Nov 09

Nick Sundance said :

sloppery said :

I reckon you’re probably more likely to get hit by lightning than blown up in Canberra.

Sloppy, the World Trade Centre was more likely to get hit by lightning than be hit by an aeroplane…

I can’t believe its post 31 before somebody trots this old warhorse out either : http://www.ag.gov.au/agd/WWW/rwpattach.nsf/VAP/(CFD7369FCAE9B8F32F341DBE097801FF)~s000Phase+one+-+Let+s+Look+Out+for+Australia+-+Press+advertisement.PDF/$file/s000Phase+one+-+Let+s+Look+Out+for+Australia+-+Press+advertisement.PDF

(apologies in advance for not being able to link – I’m IT illiterate)

Back to the OP, give them a call…

Well I was being alert. Because we need more lerts, don’t we. 🙂

sloppery 4:35 pm 26 Nov 09

Nick Sundance said :

sloppery said :

I reckon you’re probably more likely to get hit by lightning than blown up in Canberra.

Sloppy, the World Trade Centre was more likely to get hit by lightning than be hit by an aeroplane…

I can’t believe its post 31 before somebody trots this old warhorse out either : http://www.ag.gov.au/agd/WWW/rwpattach.nsf/VAP/(CFD7369FCAE9B8F32F341DBE097801FF)~s000Phase+one+-+Let+s+Look+Out+for+Australia+-+Press+advertisement.PDF/$file/s000Phase+one+-+Let+s+Look+Out+for+Australia+-+Press+advertisement.PDF

(apologies in advance for not being able to link – I’m IT illiterate)

Back to the OP, give them a call…

I’ll remember that next time I’m a 100 story building in NY…

Nick Sundance 4:09 pm 26 Nov 09

sloppery said :

I reckon you’re probably more likely to get hit by lightning than blown up in Canberra.

Sloppy, the World Trade Centre was more likely to get hit by lightning than be hit by an aeroplane…

I can’t believe its post 31 before somebody trots this old warhorse out either : http://www.ag.gov.au/agd/WWW/rwpattach.nsf/VAP/(CFD7369FCAE9B8F32F341DBE097801FF)~s000Phase+one+-+Let+s+Look+Out+for+Australia+-+Press+advertisement.PDF/$file/s000Phase+one+-+Let+s+Look+Out+for+Australia+-+Press+advertisement.PDF

(apologies in advance for not being able to link – I’m IT illiterate)

Back to the OP, give them a call…

Tooks 3:48 pm 26 Nov 09

sepi said :

I thought Canberra had the least police per capita in australia?

They may be good at terrorism stuff – who knows. But they aren’t known for being much good at responding to calls about property damage or noise complaints = general community policing type stuff.

ACT police are hopeless. Property damage and noise complaints should be a priority. Bugger the robberies, burglaries, assaults, drink drivers, domestic violence, car prangs, shoplifters, other disturbances etc. They need to get their priorities straight.

dot3 12:24 pm 26 Nov 09

OK if we aren’t worried about the bag or the blue Ford, then what about the crappy red van that gets around Parlimentary Cirlce area all the time… yep I know he is homeless but for a homeless guy he is well decked out with wifi laptop, shortwave radio ???? you got to wonder !

sepi 10:17 am 26 Nov 09

I thought Canberra had the least police per capita in australia?

They may be good at terrorism stuff – who knows. But they aren’t known for being much good at responding to calls about property damage or noise complaints = general community policing type stuff.

Jim Jones 9:18 am 26 Nov 09

somewhere_between_bundah_and_goulburn said :

I don’t feel safe in Gungahlin, too many juvenile delinquents. I’ve heard that the ACT has the highest level of them as well, though I don’t remember where I got it from

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

sloppery 9:03 am 26 Nov 09

I reckon you’re probably more likely to get hit by lightning than blown up in Canberra.

Holden Caulfield said :

Won’t somebody, please, think of the blue Falcon!

I have been looking for a car these days

Holden Caulfield 8:26 am 26 Nov 09

Won’t somebody, please, think of the blue Falcon!

wishuwell 8:19 am 26 Nov 09

My suggestion, it was left behind by mistake by one of the gardeners from Parliamentary Services. Not a big story at all but perhaps a reaction to years of brainwashing and conditioning by the Coalition of the Willing.

trevar 7:45 am 26 Nov 09

Oh no! A moving bag! That’s even worse… it must be an incendiary device! A remote-controlled incendiary device! Run! Run for your lives!

kean van choc 6:24 pm 25 Nov 09

Strange as it sounds, I think the bag has simply moved. It is now next to the cycling/walking/jogging/whatever path that runs through the grounds of Parliament House…

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