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Markus Mannheim and the Canberra Times indulge in egregious sensationalism about Parliament House Security

By johnboy 9 October 2005 6

The front of today’s Canberra Times is adorned by an incredibly overblown story that can only have been intended to put the frighteners up the stupid and earn contempt from everyone else.

It would seem someone in parliamentary security wants to be sent on some exciting courses and has had a whinge when they got knocked back.

Officers in the Parliamentary Security Service told the Canberra Sunday Times that they had received no instruction on how to handle people who entered the building with bombs, guns or knives, despite requesting the training months ago.

Markus leaves no cheap trick of hyperbole untried in his “exclusive”

The revelation, which comes a week after suicide bombers unleashed three deadly blasts in Bali and a day after a further terrorist scare in New York…

Remind me please how an attack by an armed group at all resembles a bombing campaign. And why are we conflating “scares” with reality?

There are armed and trained guards provided by Protective Services. Why Markus and the CT thinks a front page terror panic story is a good idea is beyond me.

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johnboy 6:47 pm 11 Oct 05

The Canberra Times has more on the van up now as well as a list of terrorism non-events in Canberra this year.

Thumper 9:03 am 10 Oct 05

The van was a classic! Imagine if they’d blown it up. Some poor bloke would be a tad annoyed….

Maybe they could have just got the number plate and tracked the vans owner?

Jey 8:20 am 10 Oct 05

There’s always a ‘suspicious abandoned car’ sitting there.

The Es-Sense 8:52 pm 09 Oct 05

There’s a suspicious abandoned car sitting on the corner of Philip and Majura in Ainslie/Hackett. Sign says A$3000 ONO. I wonder whether this is bomb threat trying to extradite $3000 (ONO).

Jey 6:37 pm 09 Oct 05

Yeah, we heard it on the news last night and my bf mentioned that the van had been there since Thursday.
Muchly amused.

johnboy 3:10 pm 09 Oct 05

I also loved the van bomb scare at the lodge.

Been sitting there for days before our glorious security services swung into action with streets blocked for hours.


The robot did look cute though.

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