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:
http://www.findlaw.com.au/articles/4...-cost-you.aspxThe 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.
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?
[YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My-P4LssMsI"]Too many mother*uckers![/YOUTUBE]