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    Damn! Aussies to be fined for swearing


    Australians may have a love of plain speaking but new laws are set to curtail some of their more colourful language with police issuing on-the-spot fines for obnoxious swearing.

    The country's second most populous state Victoria is due to approve new legislation this week under which police will be able to slap fines of up to Aus$240 (US$257) on people using offensive words or phrases.

    Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark said the penalties, similar to those issued for speeding or parking illegally, would free up police time.

    "This will give the police the tools they need to be able to act against this sort of obnoxious behaviour on the spot, rather than having to drag offenders off to court and take up time and money in proceedings," he said.

    But even the state's top lawyer admitted to swearing sometimes.

    "Occasionally I mutter things under my breath as probably everybody does," he told ABC radio.

    "But this law is not targeted at that, it's targeted at the sort of obnoxious, offensive behaviour in public that makes life unpleasant for everybody else."
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    It's nothing for a dumb person to come up with something like this down there. It will never work and would very hard to police. I think someone is way out of date because it's not the first of April. lol.
    There are certain crimes that are simply too cruel, too sadistic, too hideous to be forgiven.”
    ― John E. Douglas, Journey Into Darkness.

    6 Things you don't mess with.
    MY FAITH

    MY FAMILY

    MY FLAG

    MY COUNTRY

    MY HONOR AND THE THIN BLUE LINE

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      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz4HEEiJuGo

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      • #4
        ^^^^ yep that is what it would take to enforce it.
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        • #5
          What are the odds that this will be another piece of legislation that Police will either exercise their discretion with, or enforce it as an attitude adjuster.

          nb: This sort of heinous crime is already covered under various public order offences across the states. As such this particular legislation looks as if some politician has created it so he/ she can be seen to be 'getting tough' on crime.

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