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Immigration Bridge marches on

By johnboy 22 July 2009 33

ABC 666 has just had an Immigration Bridge spokesman on promising that their long march will not be deterred by widespread dislike for their project here in Canberra where they want it built.

Still taking donations for the bridge for the bridge and having spent some coin they’re now exploring alternatives.

One such being alternative to their earlier proposal is a suspension bridge which would at least remove pylons from the lake.

A suspension Immigration Bridge

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UPDATE: The ABC’s report is now available:

    Immigration Bridge Australia campaign director Andrew Baulch says the group is now working on a new design, with a suspension bridge as one option.

    “We’ll be looking at minimising the number of objects that are in the water, ” he said.

    “We will have intense consultation and try to carry everybody ahead with us,” he said.

    “If at the end of the day that is not possible obviously we’ll have to look at an alternative site but this whatever happens the project will go ahead and it’ll be a great project for Canberra.”

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Prospector 8:11 am 24 Jul 09

The immigration bridge would just introduce more useless clutter to the Lake’s environs while wrecking Burley Griffin’s legacy of the vista of the western hills and Brindabellas as seen from the Lake and the Parliamentary Triangle.
The NCA should have given the thumbs down to this proposal from the outset.

Whatsup 9:13 am 23 Jul 09

ant said :

I see they are continuing to pointedly ignore my suggestion of a mud and carp watching memorial immigration tube.


Keep trying Ant. I think you have a fine idea.

Pandy 11:09 pm 22 Jul 09

Anna, immigration bridge is going near where the Bender memorial is up.

johnboy 10:51 pm 22 Jul 09

We’re not going to be hosting jokes that invalidate the right to be here of every non-white Australian.

If you don’t like that find another web site, start your own, please yourself.

Further dissent on this point will be moderated.

Anna Key 10:50 pm 22 Jul 09

Why was OC’s comment offensive but Pandy’s comment including Katie Bender wasn’t?

Pandy 10:47 pm 22 Jul 09

If the Ed disagrees with what’s said, or it is somehow personally offensive to him(s) or contributes nothing to the story in question, you or I wont have a right of reply or a soapbox.

WanniAss 10:42 pm 22 Jul 09

I too thought it was tongue in cheek, consistent with at least half of the posts on RA. If only we turned away migrants back in 1788, we wouldn’t have this problem

Pandy 10:31 pm 22 Jul 09

I agree with ant. it was obvious OC was having the mickey.

johnboy 10:26 pm 22 Jul 09

No ant, we’re just not going to tolerate racism.

If you have a concern about editorial direction you’re advised to make it directly.

Consider yourself warned.

ant 10:23 pm 22 Jul 09

So you can only make comments here that are palatable to certain people? Maybe you should make a list of what’s OK and what’s not, just so’s people understand that.

When I read OC’s comment, I read it as tongue in cheek, as he/she has shown himself/herself to be a very human, decent and intelligent person in the past.

Plainly that counts for nothing when some people want to fall over each other to Kick The Racist (and to be seen to be doing so).

GB 9:40 pm 22 Jul 09

There’s a good immigration museum in Melbourne. Maybe they need a bridge?

I think its good to celebrate immigration, but more important to remember and educate about the history. The Melbourne one is a start on that. And they have plaques with names of immigrants all over the courtyard.

This bridge seems like unnecessary duplication, with only the vanity aspect being met, without education.

old canberran 8:22 pm 22 Jul 09

Sorry people. That comment of mine didn’t quite come out the way I intended. I should have stopped at the first sentence.

Pandy 7:52 pm 22 Jul 09

I would like to see an immigration guard tower built as the memorial on the lake shore near where Bender was standing. It would be equiped with a 105mm howitzer equiped with paint bombs (pretty colours) and would take the odd pot shots at passing sailboats trying to land on on the south shore. Big speakers would be blaring out “Burning Bridges”.

Man there would be so many positive waves out there on this one.

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