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Police guarding airport owners’ profits?

By Sideshowmatt123 31 January 2011 24

I noticed at the airport recently that two bicycle-mounted Australian Federal Police officers are stationed for long periods of time on the footpath, some distance along from the arrivals exit. They appear to be occupied in preventing cars from pulling in to pick up arriving passengers.

My question is whether it is appropriate for taxpayer-funded police officers (any estimates of the per diem cost of this dubious public service, including on-costs?) to be deployed in this fashion, forcing people to pay to park?

It seems like overkill, and a function that, insofar as it is necessary*, should be paid for by the airport owners, who collect the resulting carpark revenue. Surely a pair of private security guards would be sufficient to keep the traffic moving?

* a friend recounted that he drove to the footpath to collect his partner, who was dying of cancer and hardly able to breathe standing up. Despite my friend explaining his partner’s condition, the officer on duty moved him on with the threat of a fine.

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p1 9:32 am 01 Feb 11

deye said :

bigfeet said :

The Canberra rules have nothing to do with security and everything to do with money.

Or it could be that they just haven’t finished building everything yet and that when they do you will be able to drop off and pick up.

Maybe, but that assumes they will one day stop building more…

deye 9:18 am 01 Feb 11

bigfeet said :

The Canberra rules have nothing to do with security and everything to do with money.

Or it could be that they just haven’t finished building everything yet and that when they do you will be able to drop off and pick up.

toriness 8:25 am 01 Feb 11

p1 said :

Ahhh, it’s for security? I hope no one ever comes up with the idea of just blowing up themselves and the car while driving past….

i swear i submitted a constructive, thoughtful – maybe not positive – comment yesterday which didn’t appear. hoping it was my computer/internet connection rather than being moderated.

the security argument doesn’t wash with me when drop off is allowed at canberra airport (unless that has changed now?!), but not pick up. both involve a car stopping for less than a minute and person/luggage being loaded or unloaded. how is it a security risk to pick someone off, but dropping off is ok?

Special G 8:20 am 01 Feb 11

You should write a letter to Mr Snow about that. Tell us how it goes.

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