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Our Brave Leader not Content with Pestering the Fed’s Has Taken it Upon Himself to Piss Off the Whole World

By Big Al 8 August 2006 11

FOREIGN embassies in Canberra will refuse to pay their rates to the ACT Government in a diplomatic row over “unjustifiable” fee hikes and potential breaches of international diplomatic conventions.

The Australian is reporting that the ACT government rate rises announced in the budget have got our fair cities diplomats in a lather – It seems that they feel it’s unreasonable to be paying such high rates for their embassies in Yarralumla, Griffith, Red Hill and Forrest.

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Heavs 5:07 pm 08 Aug 06

US Embassy are notoriously bad in claiming immunity when they don’t want to face up to their responsibilities.

RandomGit 4:41 pm 08 Aug 06

I still remember bonfires story of the diplomat who pranged the stanley steamer.

Put a smile on my face.

Avy 3:33 pm 08 Aug 06

I seem to remember an article in the canb times about diplomatic traffic fines, and how some embassies refuse to pay. at one point it seems we used to publish lists of major offenders in the hope of shaming them, but this has been abandoned (not sure why).

i would like to find out who they are.

S4anta 2:08 pm 08 Aug 06

Pull your head in Kirk. Very rarely do embassy staff carry on like indignant porkchops. They are chosen to represent their country in diplomatic circles bercause they have the ability to decide between right and wrong in a moral and legal sense.

James-T-Kirk 1:56 pm 08 Aug 06

only because they dont want the bad press…

Ari 1:06 pm 08 Aug 06

Isn’t it like traffic fines … diplomats can’t be forced to pay, but most countries choose to play the game?

Thumper 12:21 pm 08 Aug 06

In that case, I’m paying, so they can…

S4anta 12:17 pm 08 Aug 06

Thumper, embassies are obliged to play the game of the given state/country/principality that they are based in. The pay-off is that we must do the same over in said location where our embassy/consulate is based.

Mr Evil 12:02 pm 08 Aug 06

Stanhope might have bitten off more than he can chew if he pisses the Israelis off!

Thumper 11:53 am 08 Aug 06

I would have thought embassies were exempt?

S4anta 11:09 am 08 Aug 06

“Unfortunately, they’ve chosen to base themselves close to Parliament House, in some of the most desirable areas of Canberra — probably the most valuable property in Canberra,”

If you cant afford the prices, move. Just like every other Canberran who has faced this problem.

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