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Collins said the Opera House was not an ideal location to command and control, adding that this advice had been passed onto government.
"I won't say that they've ignored it," Collins said. "We've given certain advice in regards to our risk assessments that we conduct but at the end of the day it's up to government then to make the decision.
Amid tight security, protesters in Sydney will converge today on a two-day gathering of more than 350 international business executives and personalities. The Forbes Global CEO conference convened by Steve Forbes, the publisher and former US presidential aspirant, and held at the Opera House has drawn criticism from a diverse range of protesters for occupying Sydney's landmark building and requiring a massive and costly security effort. Guests at the conference include John Howard, Australian prime minister, Rudolph Giuliani, former New York mayor, and the chief executives of companies including BHP Billiton, BMW, Lloyds, Orix Corp, the Tata group and UPS. Delegates have paid more than A$6,000 (US$4,600, €3,700, £2,500) a head to attend the meeting and hear speakers on topics including the global economic outlook and the nature of leadership.
The main protest group said the meeting was “just a taxpayer-funded jamboree for the super-rich so they can ensure they get more wealthy”.
Australia has never suffered a significant terrorist attack on its soil. But since the suicide bombings on London's transport system last month, in which 56 people died including the four bombers, the government has become concerned that Australia's multi-cultural population could produce “home grown” militants similar to those who carried out the attacks in the English capital. Earlier this month the Australian Federal Police chief said up to 60 suspected militants in Sydney and Melbourne were under surveillance.
Originally posted by Far Out Man
I agree Mayet it seems absolutely no-one cares in Australia about politicians' behaviour.