AUSTRALIA: Bomb Squad Responds After Activists Send Glitter-Filled Letter To Marriage Opponent MP

The Australian activist group GetUp sent glitter-filled letters to Parliament members who oppose same-sex marriage. One of them called the police who then sent in a bomb squad. The Guardian reports:

Police, bomb squads and hazardous material teams were called to investigate after a staff member of the Liberal backbencher Craig Laundy thought glitter in a letter about same-sex marriage might be suspicious powder. The staff member, who had recently had security training, picked up the MP’s post in western Sydney on Monday. Police were called in, then the New South Wales fire brigade, which called in hazmat teams. They, in turn, called the bomb squad. The letter had been part of a campaign on same-sex marriage organised by the advocacy group GetUp.

Laundy took to Twitter to explain, saying the package had been unopened when the police were called but it “clearly had a powder-like substance inside”. On Monday, he used his official Facebook page to thank authorities for the mammoth response. “6 police cars, 6 fire trucks and 1 Hazmat unit,” he wrote. “The emergency response today when my staff found a suspicious package in our PO Box was tremendous.” He continued: “It has since been discovered that it was a stupid stunt by GetUp. I’m all for organisations making contact with me, but to send any undeclared substance through the mail to the office of a member of parliament will inevitably cause alarm and divert important police and emergency services from their critical work. Thank you to Burwood [local area command] – NSW Police Force for their outstanding effort in undertaking a professional response to a grossly irresponsible act.”

More from Gay Star News:

Progressive activist group GetUp had sent the letter as part of a campaign to highlight the failure of Australia’s politicians to achieve marriage equality and it was only one of 99 glitter filled letters sent to senators and MPs from the Australian Parliament. The letters said GetUp’s members had bought the glitter to celebrate same-sex marriages in Australia which they had hoped would be able to take place before the end of the year. ‘But your party (not the kind you buy glitter for) messed with our plans,’ the letters read. ‘We’ve had to put those plans on hold – indefinitely by the looks of it, thanks to your party’s abject confusion on the issue. And we’re really not happy about it.’ The letter said the lawmakers were being sent the glitter as until same-sex marriage is legalized nobody can make use of it. However only the staff of Liberal backbencher Craig Laundy interpreted the letter as threatening and alerted the authorities, causing a brief terror scare.

GetUp has issued an apology: “GetUp would like to express its regret for this misunderstanding and confusion. We hope nobody was unduly concerned for an extended period by the glitter. Obviously we regret any undue concern that this caused or any time wasted, as it was merely a way demonstrate our concern for an important issue.”

  • JaniceInToronto

    Better yet. Explosive glitter.

    Hey, it’s a start…

    • Doug105

      Spring loaded.

  • Gustav2

    This will morph into:

    Radical Homosexualists have threatened MP’s to the point the bomb squad and hazmat teams had to be called in to protect the poor office workers and volunteers. We told you they were intolerant, pray for everyone’s safety.

    • Happy Dance

      Are they going to fast for 40 days?

    • Steverino

      They should have just tossed a fucking cream pie in his face.

      • Princess Lardass

        Oh puh-leeze! That’s so 1977!

      • Arkansan

        With rainbow sprinkles?

      • Harley

        Good times.

        • Steverino

          Tee-hee! I knew one of our flying monkeys would come up with that image!
          : )

      • Versailles

        Looks like cream pie has already seen that face and often!

    • Paula

      What a friggin sissy!!!

  • MBear

    oh…drama over glitter.
    heh
    [eyeroll]

  • JT
  • BudClark

    I fcukin’ LOVE it!

  • this makes me even more in favor of glitter campaigns. hee, your press release just expands everyone’s understanding of how stupid you are. oh, noes! teh GlitterBomb! everyone, check your shoes and affirm your heterosexuality, quick!

    being a little more serious, isn’t wonderful to live in a Terror State? i mean, anyone could be a target of killer superbomb atomic anthrax stuff at any minute. esp if you are a politician or staffer. these folks should be paranoid. someone has to justify our current war on terror budget, right?

  • Ronald Ibach

    Glitter bombing is juvenile. It’s well past its expiration date.

    • Octavio

      But it’s pretty!

      • People4Humanity

        … but sO hard to clean up. We ban glitter, rice, and confetti in our venue.

        • Octavio

          It’s true. Once glitter gets on the floor it’s a permanent thing. 🙂

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Glitter Bomb

  • Gerry Fisher

    Looking forward to the movement getting past the glitter bombing phase….

  • BeaverTales

    Just a reminder: In Australia, up is down,, winter is summer, north is south….and Liberal is conservative

    • cheakamus

      Assuming the picture is that of the liberal MP, he could easily be Central Casting’s version of “a young conservative,” i.e., piggish, gormless.

  • bkmn

    Is he related to Snott Walker? They both have the same dumb look on their face.

  • Considering how the postal service in Oz treated a couple of my packages, they may well have ground the glitter into a fine powder.

  • GanymedeRenard

    This man is ugly.

  • Bj Lincoln

    So does glitter look like anthrax or C4 in an X-ray machine or set off a metal detector?

    • Octavio

      It looks like coke . . . or so I’ve heard.

      • Bj Lincoln

        ooooookay.
        Meadows was beautiful then but I like James better.

        • Octavio

          James Meadows?

  • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

    Rip Taylor strikes from beyond the grave! (Bwahaahahaa)

    • Cuberly

      …and my favorite line he always used. “Laugh, it’s FUNNY!!!!”

      http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/2-28-2014/25AxJt.gif

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Rip Taylor will be very upset to learn he is dead.

      • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

        Ooops!!!! My bad. I had heard that Rip Torn had died and I confused the two. Long live Rip Taylor. R.I.P. Rip Torn.

        • Rebecca Gardner

          Rip Torn will be very upset to learn he is dead as well.

          http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Rip+Torn

          • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

            Daayummm! Who was it named Rip that I read had passed? Maybe I dreamed it. Thanks for the corrections! Long live both of the Rips.

          • Rip Van Winkle?

      • Octavio

        I thank you and Rip Taylor thanks you.

  • geoffalnutt

    Oh, please!! Send in the Martyr Brigade. Stupid response to a stupid stunt. P.S. That guy (Laundy) should have a sign stuck to his ass saying “kick me, hard!”

  • Sk3ptic

    This is the first time I’ve ever heard of glitter being confused for powder. Like, ever.
    I think GetUp’s apology was deliciously snarky: “We hope nobody was unduly concerned…by the glitter.” HAHAHAHA! Sort of like being unduly concerned about the pudding.

    • D. J.

      Do they have a special ground glitter down under? /s

  • Octavio

    The Laundy twit looks like a some sort of marsupial. Fuck him!

  • People4Humanity

    Judging this book by its cover: He does not appear to be too bright.

    • Robincho

      I’m wondering how you say “epic derpitude” in Australian…

      • You fuckin’ fuck!

        • Robincho

          Ta, mate… For a young kookaburra, you’re quite the cunning linguist…

    • Arkansan

      He is about the dumbest looking person I have ever seen, and I live in Arkansas.

      • KQCA

        On the other hand, Arkansas is also home to some of the hottest bods on the continent. 🙂

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    They need to call the glitter bomb squad.

  • BobSF_94117

    “We sincerely regret that no one at any point in the chain of authority and proper risk assessment had the brains to say, ‘No worries, it’s just glitter’.”

  • bdsmjack

    Such a fuss over some sparkles. Sheesh.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    …..but we’re the Drama Queens??!!???

  • Jack M.

    The latest poll, which came out in the last 24 hours, shows 69% in favor of marriage equality and also shows Tony Abbott’s Liberal/National coalition government sinking. So not only is this little stunt offensive and stupid, but will now help take these poll results out of the headlines. This use of glitter is a way to mark a person’s body against their will. It is intended to harass and humiliate, puts the eyes at risk of injury, and certainly can be seen as a low-level act of violence. The last person who tried to glitter bomb Mitt Romney was quite properly arrested and charged. And if young straight males in Russia started going into gay bars or organizations and throwing glitter, we’d have no problem seeing that as violence.

    • Mark_in_MN

      The offensive and stupid here is to be found in the MP’s staffer and the NSW authorities who escalated this to rediculous levels over some glitter.

  • KQCA

    They should have included lipstick, rouge, and eye shadow…..and a WHOLE LOT of concealer.

  • Patrick Thomas

    GetUp has to apologize because ONE PERCENT of the recipients of the glitter felt it was a threat? Laundry should be apologizing for wasting government resources over his paranoid hissy fit.

  • When the ooze is that shallow is it even fair to malign the gene pool?

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    There is no way glitter can be confused for powder. There is no deadly, powdery substance that i am aware of that sparkles

  • Mark_in_MN

    Laundy’s press release thanks authorities for thier response to a “grossly irresponsible act,” but I’m sure he means to call sending the package of glitter “grossly irresponsible” rather than correctly identifying the “grossly irresponsible act” as his staffer calling in the police over a package of glitter or the stupid and incessant escalation the authorities went through.

  • Shane Gowland

    I used to give money to GetUp, but time and time again they prove their complete idiocy and incompetence.

  • Chuck in NYC

    It took me a day to figure out who he reminded me of.