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White Powder Scare Parliament House

By che - 3 June 2005 35

JB says he’s heard on the TV news that Parliamant House is under a white powder scare, and this time its not the Democrats. But as JB is in PH and has not seen or heard anything locally we’ll have to wait and see what the go is.

More to follow I’m sure.

[ED – All clear now, blossy has some interesting info in the comments below]

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White Powder Scare Parliament House
LurkerGal 3:42 pm 03 Jun 05

And I could probably do with going straight home like a responsible individual for once…..

Thumper 3:38 pm 03 Jun 05

Not there for long, I have to take my son to work afterwards….

LurkerGal 3:36 pm 03 Jun 05

I’ve been trying to find someone to come to happy hour with me, but maybe I should mosey on up to the pot-belly!

LurkerGal 3:36 pm 03 Jun 05

Yep. And have no one to collect your child from child care and are stuck in a building with the air system turned off. Not fun.

Thumper 3:36 pm 03 Jun 05

Mael is a Timor vet so he eats anthrax for breakfast…

With rusty nails and broken glass of course….

bulldog 3:34 pm 03 Jun 05

LG is correct-a-mundo. I was caught up in the Southcare sand-mail debacle. Not much fun at all when you have to explain to people why we are being locked down and not evacuated.

Thumper 3:34 pm 03 Jun 05

Its Friday afternoon so I definitely don’t want to be stuck here…

This arvo I can here a beer from the Pot Belly calling me….

“Drink me, drink me”….

*g*

LurkerGal 3:15 pm 03 Jun 05

I wouldn’t be saying that given that certain government agencies may use this website as a resource……. (also, you don’t get the day off, you get stuck in the building)

Maelinar 3:08 pm 03 Jun 05

Who’s for ‘send your closest friend a package of white powder so they can get the day off work’ day ?

blossy 2:44 pm 03 Jun 05

Perhaps… Nevertheless, part 3:

MEDIA RELEASE
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ALEXANDER DOWNER
June 3 2005

Media Statement

A suspicious package addressed to me was intercepted during routine security screening at Parliament House this morning.

The package contained white powder and has been taken away for testing. None of my staff, nor any Parliament Security staff came into contact with the contents of the package.

I appreciate the professional work of the Parliamentary Security staff and the police in handling this matter.

As I have said this week in relation to the incident involving the Indonesian Embassy, this type of intimidation is deplorable. The matter could be a serious criminal offence and it is best handled by the police.

vg 2:40 pm 03 Jun 05

someone obviously hasn’t read the departmental policy on the disclosure of work related e-mails to outside sources

blossy 2:28 pm 03 Jun 05

Another update from that source peoples:

The ACT Fire Brigade is now clearing the Loading Dock area and the
Loading Dock will be reopening shortly.

Hilary Penfold

blossy 1:55 pm 03 Jun 05

I received the following from a source within Parliament House:
>
At 9.05am today routine screening in the Parliament House loading dock
detected a suspicious package.

The package was addressed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,
the Hon Alexander Downer. With the authorisation of the intended
recipient, the package was opened in a secure area and found to contain
a sealed plastic bag of white powder.

The substance was isolated in the Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) area of
the loading dock. Officers of the ACT Fire Brigade are in attendance and
are conducting incident response operations in accordance with their
procedures. The substance will be removed by the HAZMAT section of the
ACT Fire Brigade and taken to Canberra Hospital Pathology Section for
analysis.

The loading dock has not been contaminated, but will remain closed until
it is cleared to open by the ACT Fire Brigade. Nor has there been any
contamination of any other area within Parliament House.

The staff member who detected the suspicious package will be offered
counselling.

Hilary Penfold
Secretary, Department of Parliamentary Services
Chair, Security Management Board

Canberra_unsung_hero 12:04 pm 03 Jun 05

No need to panic …. it’s just a powder puff for Alexander….. is all.

LurkerGal 11:37 am 03 Jun 05

http://www.smh.com.au has the story.

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