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No burkas banned but we were turned away

By rosiered - 15 July 2009 29

My partner and I had registered for the free public debate “Should we ban the burka” hosted by The Australian National University and The Canberra Times.

When we registered it was to be held at Finkel Lecture Theatre at the John Curtin School of Medical Research @ 12.30pm but apparently it changed to the Coombes building.

So after eventually getting a car park (no small feat) and walking into the Finkel lecture theatre we discovered we were at the wrong end of the uni.

It was 12:37 when we found the Coombes building and the lecture theatre was already maxed out and we were told we couldn’t go in, but here’s a website to listen to the podcast.

Apparently at 12:30 pm they had given away the empty seats of those who had registered.

Now there happened to be quite a few of us who had gone to the wrong building, turned up a little late, then turned away.

Sure we should have looked on the website this morning to double check the location, but gees, I had put my kids into childcare just so I could go to this.

For an event that turned out to be this popular that they had to change the venue, couldn’t they have waited just a bit longer for those who had booked?

A big waste of money on my part because of poor event management and poor foresight to realise how popular the lecture would be. Disappointed?

That’s an understatement.

What’s Your opinion?


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29 Responses to
No burkas banned but we were turned away
tortfeaser 4:36 pm 15 Jul 09

Someone call the whaaaaamulance.

If it wasn’t moved you’d still whinge you couldn’t get in late, but there’d be even less chance of finding a spot in the smaller venue.

Harden up.

rosiered 4:21 pm 15 Jul 09

dunno podcast isn’t uploaded yet 🙁

did anyone get in to hear it? what did your friends think chewy14?

ant 4:06 pm 15 Jul 09

So, who won?

rosiered 4:02 pm 15 Jul 09

@skidbladnir no i didn’t pay, it was def a free event

@VY Berlina no i don’t think i should be apologised to because I was late, but I am annoyed that it was poorly organised

i’m not sure about other ANU events but this one was quite well advertised considering it was a free event. Also as per ANU website:”The forum will also be broadcast by ABC Fora http://www.abc.net.au/tv/fora/ and APAC http://www.a-pac.tv/ please check the websites for details”. I also saw a sky news van out the front, so i’m going to keep watch sky news tonight to see if it gets a mention

CapitalK 4:01 pm 15 Jul 09

I think the waste of money refers to having to put the children in childcare to attend??

Jim Jones 3:58 pm 15 Jul 09

Davo111 said :

^^ as per chewy14’s comments. I went to a public lecture there with a few of my classmates (5 of us). they had to bring in extra seats because of the large turn-out.

Yes, the public lectures held at the ANU are generally very popular and many of them fill up quickly so that people are turned away.

Skidbladnir 3:50 pm 15 Jul 09

Someone paid to attend?

SHOULD WE BAN THE BURKA?
Wednesday 15 July, 12:30-2pm
HC Coombs Lecture Theatre
Building 8a, Fellows Rd, ANU

This lecture is free and open to the public. Please register attendance with ANU Events.
Enquiries:
E: Events@anu.edu.au
T: 02 6125 4144

Davo111 3:43 pm 15 Jul 09

^^ as per chewy14’s comments. I went to a public lecture there with a few of my classmates (5 of us). they had to bring in extra seats because of the large turn-out.

Granny 3:42 pm 15 Jul 09

People went to the advertised location at the advertised time having paid to attend. Who knew??

chewy14 3:40 pm 15 Jul 09

This is because usually no one ever goes to these events.
Dealing with a crowd is well out of their expertise.

pptvb 3:38 pm 15 Jul 09

Jim Jones said :

Sadly, it’s pretty typical of the way a lot of these things are organised at the ANU. I think the assumption must be that the only people who will be attending will be from the uni (the place really does have a remarkably insular mindset in a lot of ways).

+1

johnboy 3:37 pm 15 Jul 09

Because the venue was changed without alerting registered participants? And then their seats were given away?

Jim Jones 3:37 pm 15 Jul 09

Sadly, it’s pretty typical of the way a lot of these things are organised at the ANU. I think the assumption must be that the only people who will be attending will be from the uni (the place really does have a remarkably insular mindset in a lot of ways).

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 3:36 pm 15 Jul 09

Apologise that some people were late?

Granny 3:34 pm 15 Jul 09

I really think the organisers should apologise. That shows an appalling lack of respect for people who have registered to support their event in good faith.

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