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Sydney-siders escape to Canberra

By GnT - 5 September 2007 30

The big national news this week is APEC, and with Sydney in lockdown, Australian Capital Tourism is hoping people will come here. Even if it is just on their way to the snow or the coast, Canberra could stand to benefit from APEC while Sydney businesses are feeling the pinch.

In some ways I think APEC should be hosted by Canberra, being the national capital, but from a practical point of view I’m glad it’s them dealing with all this BS not us.

What’s Your opinion?


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Ralph 12:01 am 08 Sep 07

So that’s the best you can come up with? I’ll let the admins know next week where you can contact me, for my VB.

pierce 10:14 pm 07 Sep 07

lol

Ralph 8:55 pm 07 Sep 07

Let it be offical then that pieeerce has officaly backed out of this one.

She was on a hiding to nothing to start with.

Of course I know you would scoff at VB, with you being a champagne sipping elitist.

So what was it you were arguing again? Something to do with left wingers (as usual). Actually to start with I don’t think you were arguing anything, except that there would be no violence at APEC.

Yes pieerce, you are a tool.

Run along now.

pierce 9:52 am 07 Sep 07

No Ralph, I think I’ll stick to my original terms, as “cars torched” is more quantifiable and VB sits just a smidge about Fosters, Powers and XXXX.

I’m glad to see you that you’ve recognised your OTT hyperbole for what it is though and are now furiously backpedalling away from it. Shame it only takes a quick scroll up for anyone to see that was no “may” anywhere in the prophecy of doom.

I’m happy for everbody (sic) to make up their own minds – given that even though we may disagree on some matters, most people here are able to construct an argument containing more than simple Faux news style naysaying or name-calling.

Ralph 8:04 pm 06 Sep 07

No pierce, I said violent protests, which may include cars getting torched.

You’re on.

Before you lose, everbody already knows you’re a tool.

Box of VB.

pierce 4:37 pm 06 Sep 07

By the by Thumper – Gandhi’s method was civil disobedience – just more of a “beat us over the head with your clubs until you get tired” form.

pierce 4:33 pm 06 Sep 07

Ok, so you can’t embed youtube video in comments – try here

If you can’t be bothered, Quebec police had to admit that three officers were exposed dressed as protesters at a quiet protest when they refused to put down rocks in their hands when asked to by protest organisers.

pierce 4:31 pm 06 Sep 07

Cars getting torched? You’re on ralph

The wager – loser has to post “I was wrong, I’m a tool” 100 times if this happens.

As for what role police might play in protest violence – I’d like to think it wouldn’t happen here but there are precedents internationally.

Mr Evil 3:39 pm 06 Sep 07

Pierce, the problem is that there ARE idiots amongst the protest groups who will resort to violence because they’re stupid a-holes: which of course spoils it for the genuinely peaceful protesters who march for whatever reason. No doubt there will again be 500 different placards on display with everything from anti-war sentiments to global warming to abortion to womyns rights, etc.

I’m wondering if many people turn out on Saturday, because all this talk of potential violence will no doubt deter a lot of people. I don’t believe this is a deliberate Police ploy or anything though.

Thumper 3:23 pm 06 Sep 07

That looks like a reputable website there Caf….

You aren’t saying that all the trouble with the G20 was caused by police are you?

I actually believe that everyone has the right to protest, however, they do not have the right to conduct civil disobedience and to harass people who are doing nothing more than their job.

As such, that’s why I advocate the Ghandi method.

I went along to an anti Hansen rally at the National Press Club many years ago and was disgusted by the way many of the protesters acted. The people who were attending the Hansen speech were spat on, yelled at, ridiculed and probably feared for their safety.

Indeed, lots of people there were appalled at this behaviour. It was, in an ironic way, a restriction on free speech.

Anyway, it’ll all be over soon and Sydney can go back to Melbourne and canberra bashing instead, and we’ll have an election as well (thank god, i’ve had enough of this phoney war…)

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