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Greens MLA slams airport arms ads

By Charlotte Harper 28 October 2015 34

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As Greens MLA rather than with his ACT Government Ministerial cap on, Shane Rattenbury has today called on the Canberra Airport to remove arms industry advertising from its premises.

Mr Rattenbury is seeking support from the ACT Legislative Assembly for a motion on the issue after the No Airport Arms Ads presented a petition with 1500+ signatures to airport management.

However, as a privately operated business, the airport would not be obliged to change its advertising policy and forsake revenue from defence clients even if Mr Rattenbury’s motion were successful.

Advertisements for arms manusfacturers such as Raytheon, BAE, Lockheed Martin and ThyssenKrupps vie for the attention of passengers and other visitors to the airport, no doubt particularly targeting Federal MPs and senior public servants who make procurement decisions for the armed forces.

Mr Rattenbury said images of border patrol ships and other military images were confronting and unwelcoming.

“The Canberra Airport is a major gateway into our city, it is the first place people see when they land in the Nation’s Capital and it should be a place to celebrate and promote the range of beautiful assets Canberra has to offer,” he said.

He said the advertising did not represent the Canberra community nor reflect the image Canberrans want visitors to the city to see.

“These advertisements help to normalise warfare, present a sanitised image of what weapons do and are likely to be offensive and confronting to the many refugees Canberra welcomes every year from war-torn countries,” he said.

“Given that this year Canberra was officially declared a refugee welcome zone, it is simply not appropriate that those seeking refuge from war should be greeted upon arrival in Canberra with advertising that promotes warfare and armed violence.”

His motion calls on the Canberra Airport to recognise community concern about the ads and put something more welcoming and representative of Canberra in their place.

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Blen_Carmichael 1:47 pm 08 Nov 15

rubaiyat said :

Blen_Carmichael said :

gazket said :

what’s wrong with the advertising of elevators and planes at airports ?

more Labor Greens ban hammer .
You can’t go around ban hammering everything you think is not nice . This is a democracy. Green on the out side and proud red on the inside.

But Mr Rattenbury may have a mandate with those 1,500 signatures. That’s nearly 0.385 per cent of Canberra’s population.

That’s 10,000% more people than have signed up for CanTheTram and we know that THEY represent the Right Thinking people of Canberra.

I’ve seen those ads and I have also seen the same ones in the bus stops at Braddon and it doesn’t take a genius to figure that the US military lobbyists are trying to influence our Public Servants although it is so quaintly naïve to presume that Hawks catch buses.

Mr Rattenbury should have a word with Adshel.

These advertisements are designed to influence people? Good heavens, what next?

dungfungus 3:59 pm 02 Nov 15

rubaiyat said :

dungfungus said :

rubaiyat said :

dungfungus said :

Skyring said :

HenryBG said :

It’s actually getting quite scary – making protests in a public place illegal because they don’t agree with the protesters; wanting to ban advertising because it’s not about pink fluffy clouds – we truly live in an asylum that is on the point of take-over…

Stifling open debate is just plain stupid. Rattenbury has no control over what ads the airport displays in its own buildings, and Rattenbury has no say on Federal weapons purchases.

He’s just expressing his opinion and hoping that people will think it means more than their own.

Rattenbury is still channelling his activist days with Greenpeace.

Misuse of a word which you are apparently unfamiliar but have heard and thought you understood what it meant.

You don’t channel yourself. It comes from the fake science of Mediums who channel spirits for the benefit of the gullible. Much like Lord Monkton channels fake science for the more impressionable out there.

I think I said he was channelling “activist days”, not himself.
Re climate comment, we have Lord Monckton, you have Tim Flannery.

Now see if I can spot the difference. Hmmm.

You obviously can’t.

rubaiyat said :

dungfungus said :

rubaiyat said :

dungfungus said :

Skyring said :

HenryBG said :

It’s actually getting quite scary – making protests in a public place illegal because they don’t agree with the protesters; wanting to ban advertising because it’s not about pink fluffy clouds – we truly live in an asylum that is on the point of take-over…

Stifling open debate is just plain stupid. Rattenbury has no control over what ads the airport displays in its own buildings, and Rattenbury has no say on Federal weapons purchases.

He’s just expressing his opinion and hoping that people will think it means more than their own.

Rattenbury is still channelling his activist days with Greenpeace.

Misuse of a word which you are apparently unfamiliar but have heard and thought you understood what it meant.

You don’t channel yourself. It comes from the fake science of Mediums who channel spirits for the benefit of the gullible. Much like Lord Monkton channels fake science for the more impressionable out there.

I think I said he was channelling “activist days”, not himself.
Re climate comment, we have Lord Monckton, you have Tim Flannery.

Now see if I can spot the difference. Hmmm.

You obviously can’t.

Is it just me or do other people have difficulty understanding what you are on about?

rubaiyat 2:58 pm 02 Nov 15

Blen_Carmichael said :

gazket said :

what’s wrong with the advertising of elevators and planes at airports ?

more Labor Greens ban hammer .
You can’t go around ban hammering everything you think is not nice . This is a democracy. Green on the out side and proud red on the inside.

But Mr Rattenbury may have a mandate with those 1,500 signatures. That’s nearly 0.385 per cent of Canberra’s population.

That’s 10,000% more people than have signed up for CanTheTram and we know that THEY represent the Right Thinking people of Canberra.

I’ve seen those ads and I have also seen the same ones in the bus stops at Braddon and it doesn’t take a genius to figure that the US military lobbyists are trying to influence our Public Servants although it is so quaintly naïve to presume that Hawks catch buses.

Mr Rattenbury should have a word with Adshel.

rubaiyat 2:35 pm 02 Nov 15

dungfungus said :

rubaiyat said :

dungfungus said :

Skyring said :

HenryBG said :

It’s actually getting quite scary – making protests in a public place illegal because they don’t agree with the protesters; wanting to ban advertising because it’s not about pink fluffy clouds – we truly live in an asylum that is on the point of take-over…

Stifling open debate is just plain stupid. Rattenbury has no control over what ads the airport displays in its own buildings, and Rattenbury has no say on Federal weapons purchases.

He’s just expressing his opinion and hoping that people will think it means more than their own.

Rattenbury is still channelling his activist days with Greenpeace.

Misuse of a word which you are apparently unfamiliar but have heard and thought you understood what it meant.

You don’t channel yourself. It comes from the fake science of Mediums who channel spirits for the benefit of the gullible. Much like Lord Monkton channels fake science for the more impressionable out there.

I think I said he was channelling “activist days”, not himself.
Re climate comment, we have Lord Monckton, you have Tim Flannery.

Now see if I can spot the difference. Hmmm.

You obviously can’t.

Blen_Carmichael 12:47 pm 02 Nov 15

gazket said :

what’s wrong with the advertising of elevators and planes at airports ?

more Labor Greens ban hammer .
You can’t go around ban hammering everything you think is not nice . This is a democracy. Green on the out side and proud red on the inside.

But Mr Rattenbury may have a mandate with those 1,500 signatures. That’s nearly 0.385 per cent of Canberra’s population.

dungfungus 11:35 am 02 Nov 15

rubaiyat said :

dungfungus said :

Skyring said :

HenryBG said :

It’s actually getting quite scary – making protests in a public place illegal because they don’t agree with the protesters; wanting to ban advertising because it’s not about pink fluffy clouds – we truly live in an asylum that is on the point of take-over…

Stifling open debate is just plain stupid. Rattenbury has no control over what ads the airport displays in its own buildings, and Rattenbury has no say on Federal weapons purchases.

He’s just expressing his opinion and hoping that people will think it means more than their own.

Rattenbury is still channelling his activist days with Greenpeace.

Misuse of a word which you are apparently unfamiliar but have heard and thought you understood what it meant.

You don’t channel yourself. It comes from the fake science of Mediums who channel spirits for the benefit of the gullible. Much like Lord Monkton channels fake science for the more impressionable out there.

I think I said he was channelling “activist days”, not himself.
Re climate comment, we have Lord Monckton, you have Tim Flannery.

rubaiyat 10:13 pm 01 Nov 15

dungfungus said :

Skyring said :

HenryBG said :

It’s actually getting quite scary – making protests in a public place illegal because they don’t agree with the protesters; wanting to ban advertising because it’s not about pink fluffy clouds – we truly live in an asylum that is on the point of take-over…

Stifling open debate is just plain stupid. Rattenbury has no control over what ads the airport displays in its own buildings, and Rattenbury has no say on Federal weapons purchases.

He’s just expressing his opinion and hoping that people will think it means more than their own.

Rattenbury is still channelling his activist days with Greenpeace.

Misuse of a word which you are apparently unfamiliar but have heard and thought you understood what it meant.

You don’t channel yourself. It comes from the fake science of Mediums who channel spirits for the benefit of the gullible. Much like Lord Monkton channels fake science for the more impressionable out there.

dungfungus 10:06 pm 01 Nov 15

dukethunder said :

The most disturbing apect of Rattenbury of late is he acts like he’s Chief minister. At least Katy gave the impression the ALP were in control. Its abhorrent that this man can prosecute his prejudice and agenda without any respect for all ACT residents. Pretty sure this is how gaddafi started *

*jokes- pls don’t get all uber guardian on me 🙂

Gaddafi was doing a better job until Obama mentioned “the Arab Spring”.

rubaiyat 9:58 pm 01 Nov 15

With all the people running screaming in circles I thought it would be advisable to look under my bed.

But nah! No Greens with big pointy teeth!

I’m beginning to lose my faith in this website as the go to place for deeply considered and informed insights.

Masquara 9:39 pm 01 Nov 15

What’s the betting Rattenbury would be all for freedom of expression if Hizbut Ut Tahreeri were to attempt to pay for advertising at Canberra Airport .. and Canberra Airport declined …

dukethunder 7:45 pm 01 Nov 15

The most disturbing apect of Rattenbury of late is he acts like he’s Chief minister. At least Katy gave the impression the ALP were in control. Its abhorrent that this man can prosecute his prejudice and agenda without any respect for all ACT residents. Pretty sure this is how gaddafi started *

*jokes- pls don’t get all uber guardian on me 🙂

dungfungus 12:04 pm 01 Nov 15

Skyring said :

HenryBG said :

It’s actually getting quite scary – making protests in a public place illegal because they don’t agree with the protesters; wanting to ban advertising because it’s not about pink fluffy clouds – we truly live in an asylum that is on the point of take-over…

Stifling open debate is just plain stupid. Rattenbury has no control over what ads the airport displays in its own buildings, and Rattenbury has no say on Federal weapons purchases.

He’s just expressing his opinion and hoping that people will think it means more than their own.

Rattenbury is still channelling his activist days with Greenpeace.

Skyring 9:02 pm 31 Oct 15

HenryBG said :

It’s actually getting quite scary – making protests in a public place illegal because they don’t agree with the protesters; wanting to ban advertising because it’s not about pink fluffy clouds – we truly live in an asylum that is on the point of take-over…

Stifling open debate is just plain stupid. Rattenbury has no control over what ads the airport displays in its own buildings, and Rattenbury has no say on Federal weapons purchases.

He’s just expressing his opinion and hoping that people will think it means more than their own.

Skyring 8:59 pm 31 Oct 15

Complaining about an advertising campaign, especially if you’re a politician with an audience, is the last thing you want to do. All it means is that even more people will look at the ads.

Granted, the Greens don’t like the ads, but they aren’t in Defence, they aren’t buying weapon systems, they aren’t the target audience.

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