September 5th, 2007 at 08:50pm
Good evening Stuart,
After seeing the chaos that APEC is causing in Sydney on Channel Nine News tonight, I have come to the conclusion that APEC would have been much better off in Canberra, not because it is the home of parliament, but because the city is more suited to hosting such an event.
For example, the Chinese president spent a day here before flying to Sydney, he had a police escort and a couple road blocks were set up for him. Traffic was almost unaffected, whereas in Sydney, one street was shut down and the buses were backed up across the harbour bridge.
George Bush visited Canberra briefly a few years ago, causing the closure of a few main roads. It was an inconvenience and traffic flow was disrupted, but due to the way Canberra is planned, delays were minimal, most people weren't affected, and alternative routes were easy to use.
Canberra would also require a bit less security work for a number of reasons, not the least of which is our inland location.
I can understand that Sydney is more marketable as the host of APEC than Canberra is, but logistically, everyone would be much better off if APEC were being held down here. I feel sorry for all of you that are suffering in Sydney.
P.S. Please send my best wishes to Charity. She was admitted to hospital rather urgently this afternoon on the advice of her GP.
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