We were somewhat intrigued by the Canberra Times piece on the Liberals getting pinged yet again for illegal signage.
Back in 2008 we took a long hard look at the Liberal’s complete inability to have any respect for the law. So this was no surprise. (Albeit strange for a party incessantly banging on about getting tougher on offenders who are not themselves)
But the run in with the ranger had this bit of strangeness:
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Liberals candidate for Ginninderra Jacob Vadakkedathu last night confirmed he had been approached by the ranger and one of his volunteers had attempted to film the officer until he presented his identification.
A Territory and Municipal Services spokesman said the ranger ”felt uncomfortable” that a mobile phone was being used to film the conversation and asked the volunteer to switch it off.
Now for those who are curious we have asked TAMS what the go is with filming their rangers and got this response:
There is no legislative mechanism for a ranger to compel someone to stop filming them.
However a ranger, like any other person in a public place, has the right to request that they are not filmed.
And you have the right to keep on filming them.
[Pictured in 2008, Liberal signage a good 70 metres inside the exclusion zone of the polling place in the background]