Staff at the ABC’s Ultimo headquarters were sent the following safety message this morning, and judging by the advice, we’re glad they are doing a practice run:

“We are testing our response to a security incident. The building is being locked down. Please remain in a safe. Please do not attempt to exit or enter the building during the exercise and wait for further information. The exercise will take no longer then 30 minutes and you will be informed when it is concluded.”

The only ABC staff that could fit in a safe are Big Ted and Little Ted.

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