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POTUS road closures

By johnboy - 15 November 2011 54

ACT Policing is advising the public that as an operational security measure for the President of the United States’ (POTUS) visit, access to Glenora Drive in Pialligo will be restricted from 6am Wednesday, November 16 until 2pm Thursday, November 17.

Other restrictions will apply to all access roads to Parliament Drive, including the access ramps leading to and from Commonwealth Avenue, Melbourne Avenue, and Kings Avenue. Parliament House staff have been advised of these restrictions.

Vehicle access to Federation Mall will be restricted from midnight on Tuesday, November 15, until noon on Thursday, November 17.

Under the ACT Major Events Security legislation enacted for the POTUS visit to the Australian War Memorial on Thursday, November 17, there will be no vehicle access to Treloar Crescent, in Campbell, on that day.

Road users may be inconvenienced for short periods of time as the motorcade moves through the city and its environs.

Road users are reminded that all traffic direction provided by the ACT Policing motorcade security team must be strictly obeyed.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

UPDATE: Parliament House have also produced a circular on their road closures.

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POTUS road closures
johnboy 12:55 pm 15 Nov 11

Has there ever been a presidential assassination where the killer was not also an american?

trevar 12:52 pm 15 Nov 11

dvaey said :

Or do you believe that Australia should treat the US head of state in a higher regard than our own?

I hardly think increased protection and security equates to higher regard. In fact, I’d suggest the opposite is true. The Americans are so loathed and despised around the world that the survival of their president is dependent on greater security. Our head of state on the other hand isn’t really involved with the business of governance, and even if she was wouldn’t be quite as big a target, and therefore she warrants less security. Likewise our head of government, having no symbolic significance as the monarch and governor general do, isn’t so great a target; and none of them, individually, would be such a great loss to our country as the US President would be to theirs, since the weight of our three roles are combined in the one person for them.

At any rate, the greater regard certainly goes to the less political of the two heads of state, and the greater security to the more political. So Obama isn’t being treated with greater regard; he’s being treated with greater security. Think of it as an insult to the office, and you’ll feel better!

Funky1 12:29 pm 15 Nov 11

dvaey said :

amarooresident3 said :

There is nothing so predictable as people who winge about some minor inconvenience when a head of state visits. Will it really ruin your life that much?

Im whinging about why the US head of state is more deserving of special laws and protection than our own?

Or do you believe that Australia should treat the US head of state in a higher regard than our own?

The same head-of-state who has flip-flopped on whether he can even be bothered coming here.. 3 times now..

Isn’t it more about the level of risk rather than the status level?

After all who would want to take out the Queen and Phil the Greek (apart from perhaps some Irish traditionalists) whereas half the world would have a grudge against Barack.

amarooresident3 12:28 pm 15 Nov 11

dvaey said :

amarooresident3 said :

There is nothing so predictable as people who winge about some minor inconvenience when a head of state visits. Will it really ruin your life that much?

Im whinging about why the US head of state is more deserving of special laws and protection than our own?

Or do you believe that Australia should treat the US head of state in a higher regard than our own?

The same head-of-state who has flip-flopped on whether he can even be bothered coming here.. 3 times now..

All visiting heads of state (including our own) should be treated as the risk and threat assessments dictate. It’s not a matter of regard.

I find it funny that we get ‘visits’ from our head of state.

thy_dungeonman 12:08 pm 15 Nov 11

amarooresident3 said :

There is nothing so predictable as people who winge about some minor inconvenience when a head of state visits. Will it really ruin your life that much?

I have an exam on Thursday so if I can’t get the bus from woden to civic (I hope I read it right that I still can) then it will be pretty inconvenient.

dvaey 12:07 pm 15 Nov 11

amarooresident3 said :

There is nothing so predictable as people who winge about some minor inconvenience when a head of state visits. Will it really ruin your life that much?

Im whinging about why the US head of state is more deserving of special laws and protection than our own?

Or do you believe that Australia should treat the US head of state in a higher regard than our own?

The same head-of-state who has flip-flopped on whether he can even be bothered coming here.. 3 times now..

Funky1 11:52 am 15 Nov 11

OzChick said :

Is anyone going to the airport? Please take pics of Air Force One. Thanks.

But be aware of any black vans parked anywhere near you or ‘suits’ with dark glasses and earpieces, talking into the cuff of their sleeve.

OzChick 11:40 am 15 Nov 11

Is anyone going to the airport? Please take pics of Air Force One. Thanks.

PBO 11:39 am 15 Nov 11

amarooresident3 said :

There is nothing so predictable as people who winge about some minor inconvenience when a head of state visits. Will it really ruin your life that much?

In the long run yes.

amarooresident3 11:24 am 15 Nov 11

There is nothing so predictable as people who winge about some minor inconvenience when a head of state visits. Will it really ruin your life that much?

Holden Caulfield 11:21 am 15 Nov 11

PBO said :

Buck Ofama, what a waste of money this exercise is. This is another example of how this county is turning into a brown-nosed panderer to the will of the USA.

Don’t you mean, has turned into?

PBO 11:13 am 15 Nov 11

Buck Ofama, what a waste of money this exercise is. This is another example of how this county is turning into a brown-nosed panderer to the will of the USA.

dvaey 10:44 am 15 Nov 11

Isnt it Ironic how OUR head of state visits for a week, and the most they do is close off the immediate access road to her accomodation (to vehicles, but remaining open to pedestrians and cyclists).. infact, they go and put her on the lake for an hour in view of the entire public…

but, when this wanker from the states comes to visit for a few hours, the city gets shutdown, road closures and even entire access to public facilities such as OUR war memorial.. Why doesnt he go visit the US memorial, close down the roads around Russell Offices, and see how well that goes down with the military brass instead of just the poor tourists to our memorial, and those trying to get around our city.

poetix 9:59 am 15 Nov 11

So if I’m map-reading correctly, the airport will be open but the President will go out the back?
Copy Maverick?

MsCheeky 9:49 am 15 Nov 11

And judging by the fencing on the roads surrounding the Hyatt Hotel, there will be no parking on any of those roads or in any of the carparks.

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