A bit of Parliament house Canberra historical trivia that seems …

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A bit of Parliament house Canberra historical trivia that seems to have sunk without trace was the lone voice of ’92 protest by SA farmer Cliffy.
The lad was upset with government taxes on his property so he drove up the highway, around Parliament House protesting. Then thought bugger it, he would grab the pollies’ attention and drove straight in through the front door.
Smashed his way into the Great Hall where the old Toyota stalled and conked out.
Cliffy got out and stood surveying the scene with satisfaction as cops and security scrambled for cover flat on their tummies and snipers on the staircase aimed the red dot at Cliffy’s belly button.
Cliffy got marched off to the civic watchhouse, got a belting in the cell and had the book thrown at him for catching them all with their pants down.
Plus he got a jail term. While on bail and after he did time he was harrassed by the coppers 24/7 at his place of abode Barton Hotel.
They found a rusted old .22 rifle in the boot of his four wheel drive which they tried to stitch him up, claiming it was a terror weapon.
I had the good fortune to know Cliffy and enjoyed his company for a period of several months while he lived in Canberra.
As Cliffy told me, he had forgotten he had the rusty old .22 in the boot, a single shot old relic that he used to shoot rabbits in the old days.
He had a sad story to tell about government corruption and I liked him a lot. A good honest bloke who showed today’s soft uni campus snowflakes what a fair dinkum protest is and how to put it all on the line for his principles.

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