The Mardi Gras Parade was good fun on Saturday night. It is just a pity that the Carnival party afterwards wasn’t.
I am not sure who decided not to open the gates until after 10pm (the first people who arrived off the parade must have been there by 9pm)
What was even more appalling was the patdown searches by ISEC Security on entry. Everyone was forced to have a pat down search.
When I questioned one of the security guards under which NSW Statue they were undertaking the search I was told “I am doing as I am told”. The male security guard at least looked embarrased.
What was worrying is these patdowns were been done regardless of gender i.e. Male security guards were patting down women, etc.
Even more disturbing is that in reading online after the event is what I thought was the case Security Guards have no power of search as copied below the legal aid website.
A security guard cannot:
In some places, especially shopping centres, a security guard might ban you from coming in. They do this by giving you a “Termination of Licence” notice. If you get one of these notices it means you can be charged with trespassing the next time you go there.
Usually, you would be asked to sign it. You cannot be forced to sign it. You should get legal advice.
Don’t be afraid – policies have been developed to ensure patrons’ confidentiality. Security personnel are there to make Mardi Gras events fun and safe for everyone.
Your co-operation will lead to a quick entrance to the party so have your belongings ready, you may encounter pat-downs and bag searches.