Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Australians To Be Fined For Being Australian

Good lord, Prison Island, what next? "TO PUT it bluntly, we're all f—ed. It might be therapeutic to let off a stream of expletives if your team is getting flogged or if you hit your finger with a hammer, but it can also be illegal. And under laws set to be introduced to State Parliament this week, Victoria Police will get permanent powers to slap potty-mouthed perpetrators with on-the-spot fines of up to $240 for using language deemed to be indecent, disorderly, offensive or threatening."

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I'll put it bluntly, right up their barbies. Roight, mate?

dado (#102)

If that's fair dinkum, they can haul me off in the divvy van.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Let's have those $240 cussing fines in NYC. City would be rolling in it. Just think of all those grade-school kids' lunch money. It would be ours.

SeanP (#4,058)

@Tulletilsynet Virginia Beach already does the same thing – the police department down there is insane. You can get tickets for swearing, "inappropriate dress" (yes, at the beach!), driving your car around the block too many times ("cruising" is illegal). It's nuts.

How many "penalty units" is that? (PUs – a real thing in Australia!)

deepomega (#1,720)

What about racist exclamations?

@deepomega They don't consider them offensive, so no.

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