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What to do with a Diplomat who goes on a demolition Derby in Woden?

By PBO 13 June 2009 36

This afternoon at the Hellenic Club in Woden, a car decided that it would be fun to shunt other cars in the carpark and drive off.  Unfortunatly he was apprehended by two public servants who managed to get his details before he fled the scene and in the process hit another car. 

When this gentlemen was apprehended by the public servants, he produced a ACT issue Diplomatic licence.

The Police were informed but declined to attend as no one had been injured.  The only good part of this whole affair is that the holden he hit took a good chunk out of his vehicle.  

What annoys me is tha this gentleman has essentially gotten off without getting breath tested!  He has slammed into hit 2 cars and damaged a third and the police were not interested.  Are ACT Police afraid of Diplomats? 

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Skidbladnir 9:49 am 15 Jun 09

Wikipedia claims the Australian DC\DX plate numbers were assigned by random ballot, with some of the larger embassies getting two numbers.
It is uncited however, and nowhere else online seems to care enough about Australian diplomatic plates.

swissbignose 9:17 am 15 Jun 09

threepaws said :

I could be mistaken but I thought the numbers that identify the country corresponded with phone and mail country codes, some being 2 digit some being 3. UK is 44, Hong Kong is 852 etc. The following numbers perhaps identify which vehicle it is in a fleet of x amount. Just a theory.

Yeah – nice theory, but no cigar. I don’t know how they are assigned, but it’s not anything that appears logical.

If my memory serves me…

49/50 is the United States
69 is Great Britain
42 is the Ruskies
80 (I believe) are Japanese
24 is Austria
25 is Canada
26 is French
48 is Swiss
82 (I believe) are Spanish
33 (I believe) is German

I used to know a bunch more (with greater accuracy).

bigfeet 10:06 pm 14 Jun 09

jackal said :

saudi bill did face our judiciary, charged with murder. it wasn’t diplomatic immunity that got him off…

Saudi Bill wasn’t charged with murder, he was the murder victim.

ck 9:13 pm 14 Jun 09

About 4 years ago a diplomat ran in to my car, he was breath tested, fined for neg driving and said he had no insurance. Gave my insurance company his details and my car was fixed and never heard anything more about it.

When i asked the cop at the scene if the driver being a diplomat was a problem the cop said it makes no difference.

jackal 8:43 pm 14 Jun 09

saudi bill did face our judiciary, charged with murder. it wasn’t diplomatic immunity that got him off…

BerraBoy68 6:46 pm 14 Jun 09

Pommy bastard said :

A good punching may serve instead of a fine?

Normally, I’d say I agree but beware the law if you dare hit a person with Diplomatic immunity.

You’ll have that many books thrown at you you could start your own library.

farnarkler 6:06 pm 14 Jun 09

#27 You got it PB

JC 5:53 pm 14 Jun 09

bigfeet said :

JC said :

Diplomatic immunity by all rights has to be asked for by the Government, it is not an automatic right.

That is not correct. The Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1967 and the Consular Privileges and Immunities Act 1972 makes immunity (as defined under the Vienna Conventions)automatic for all diplomats in Australia.

They cannot be prosecuted for anything and cannot be required to comply with any civil court order either, unless their home country expressly allows it. (and they never do)

The worst the Australian government can do is to expel them.

The only exception is if the foreign country does not extend the same privileges to our diplomats serving in their country.

In theory yes, in practice no. As for traffic issues, have a look at DFAT’s protocol page on the issue.

http://www.dfat.gov.au/protocol/Protocol_Guidelines/08.html

Mr Waffle 2:01 pm 14 Jun 09

Call A Current Affair? It involves another country, so a potentially racial slant to the story will help stir up plenty of flames in the True Blue Aussie community, no doubt. Great for ratings!

Pommy bastard 9:28 am 14 Jun 09

A good punching may serve instead of a fine?

Pandy 8:32 am 14 Jun 09

Report it it to DFAT (got the plate number?) and let them send a note to the Embassy involved.

Very Busy 12:20 am 14 Jun 09

Cobrico said :

On the road, we all know to give DC cars a very wide berth because of the high potential for arrogant driving.

Well, that used to be the case. While they haven’t improved at all, the percentage of regular ACT plated vehicles with a “high potential for arrogant driving” has now well and truly topped them.

bigfeet 11:36 pm 13 Jun 09

Cobrico said :

Now that John Hargreaves has had time to cool off over fireworks, I wonder if we could fire him up to take on this case with the same vigor. Let’s face it — diplomatic immunity sucks. What about it JH?

It has nothing to do with the ACT government. It is because Australia is a signatory to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

And it is still very necessary and relevant. Not to protect foreign diplomats in Australia where we have a (basically) fair, just and transparent justice system, but to protect our diplomats from malicious prosecution, either criminal or civil, in other countries where the justice system may not be as unbiased as ours.

Unfortunately it is a two edged sword. If we expect our diplomats to be protected, then we have to protect theirs.

Cobrico 11:20 pm 13 Jun 09

On the road, we all know to give DC cars a very wide berth because of the high potential for arrogant driving. Not sure how to police them in car parks though.

Now that John Hargreaves has had time to cool off over fireworks, I wonder if we could fire him up to take on this case with the same vigor. Let’s face it — diplomatic immunity sucks. What about it JH?

cranky 10:52 pm 13 Jun 09

Saudi BILL rings more bells.

Thumper 10:28 pm 13 Jun 09

Saudi Bob ring a bell here?

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