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    Default Those mother*uckers!

    Now Victor previously posted a thread on human rights abuses by the Victorian Police department.

    But recently, a new fate has befallen residents of Victoria. They've made swearing in public a crime, subject to an on the spot $240 fine. (the fine is issued on the spot, you don't have to pay it on the spot)

    Now the legal advice site "FindLaw Australia" states the following:

    The proposed Victorian law allows a police officer to use their discretion in issuing fines. Allowing officers to use their own judgement, may potentially give rise to a situation where one police officer might view the language being used as not offensive, but a different police officer, under the same circumstances might decide that the behaviour does breach the Act, and issue a person with the fine. Furthermore, the proposed law would make swearing in public a strict liability offence, which means that a person is judged to be guilty if they commit the offending action.

    What is considered offensive language?

    Swearing has become so commonplace now that most people won’t even raise an eyebrow when someone does drop the ‘f-bomb’. The evolving standard of offensive language was considered in Police v Butler in the Local Court of New South Wales. The presiding magistrate observed that words that would be considered legally offensive in the past, change over time reflecting acceptable community norms. The magistrate added that swearing may offend the “standards of good taste or manners which is a breach of the rules of courtesy and runs contrary to accepted social rules,” but this does not mean that a reasonable person might be ordinarily offended in a modern context.

    In summary, Australians may be more relaxed about swearing in public, but readers should probably still keep in mind that swearing in public in Victoria might soon become an expensive proposition.
    http://www.findlaw.com.au/articles/4...-cost-you.aspx

    Do you think this is a reasonable law? Should citizens have a right to swear, or a right not to hear offensive language in public?

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    How Victorian of them.

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    Got to be honest the thing in Victorian parliament that is scaring me more than anything right now is this: http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/...tections/53633

    Good buy equality in law, hello discrimination in law.

    WTH is going on over there?!?

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    Nanny states are hilarious from a distance.

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    ^ Great reference.

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    I read about this recently and just shook my head in disbelief. I understand people wanting to hand out fines, for say dropping litter but for swearing *sigh*

    If that were to be introduced in the UK, the government would make a mint.

    Further .. Being in Canada this last week, i'e heard people using the C word and they are not even quiet about it. I know i swear but not around my children and in public i don't use the C word out of respect. Maybe its a culture thing. Meh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Architectonic View Post
    Do you think this is a reasonable law?
    Fuck, no.

    Should citizens have a right to swear ?
    Fuck, yes.

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    Oh yay, more fucking bullshit by the nanny police states that are started to infest this world. I can only hope that the common people retaliate against these totalitarian bullshit laws by means of mass protest and such, otherwise they will only be handing over one more freedom to their big brother/nanny government.

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    I have never heard of a right not to hear "offensive" language. Seriously?

    It is one thing to expect people to not be rude when they talk to you, but otherwise it's none of anybody's §%&"&% business how others talk.

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