The ABC are reporting (here) and (here) that the bureaucrats at Parliament House have gone into frenzied paranoia overdrive ensuring that the driveways at the Ministerial, Senate and Representatives entrances will only be open to authorised vehicles.
I’m sure our politicians will now be breathing huge sighs of relief knowing that they will be able to enter and leave the building safely directly into the their (authorised) chauffeured government cars.
However somebody ought to explain to these turkeys that simply closing a driveway will make bugger all difference if a terrorist is hell bent intent on attacking Parliament House. In reality the only way to protect the House against terrorist car bomb attacks is (unfortunately) adopt draconian measures and totally shut down the entire Parliamentary precinct to vehicular traffic.
Though in all reality a terrorist attack on Parliament House is about as likely as finding WMD in Iraq… but we should not digress.
If you still have any doubts about how ineffective the blocking of the driveways will be – watch the footage of the blast that occurred at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in 2004 (Video Windows Media Player WMV format). The mini-van in that attack was actually across the street from the Embassy compound nowhere near the embassy!