We are all legal and exercising representative democratic duties with our billboard banner 23 - 26 November 2009. The objectives include national logger conference at historic Hyatt Hotel and funded by federal government, and federal parliament sitting on climate change legislation.
It was a thrill swinging through the Hyatt with the feeling our grandfather Eric McLoughlin would have hung out here with PM Bob Menzies. What would the war correspondent journo think of his grandson writing this today?
By our reckoning we have had 7 professional chats with official authorities over the past week:
1. Uniform highway patrol at Cobargo - is that your car? Nope, borrowed. License, solicitor's card, and away.
2. Uniform Australian Federal Policeman on bicycle, federal Parliament precinct, caution and direction off the Hill because no permission to protest with vehicle.
3. Uniform ACT car patrol while propped on Commonwealth Ave, caution and potential parking fine under consideration.
4. Plain clothes AFP officer Hyatt Hotel, logger industry conference, together with hotel security general liaison.
5. Tactical Response Group officer in overalls caution not to enter Hyatt or approach guests with placards or brochures.
6. Day Chief AFP security Parliamentary Security by phone, night chief AFP security in person direction to park in Federal Drive (new and old House)
7. ACT parking ranger in Civic next to Garema Place as stationwagons cannot use loading zones in the ACT (unlike NSW).
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