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Thanks for correction Brian.

 

 

From your link:

1. It's illegal to be in possession of more than 50kg of potatoes in Western Australia.

 

???

 

Enforcement of a monopoly as the linked article at the bottom of the no run sign article explains: http://www.news.com.au/national/courts-law/urban-legend-or-legislation-australias-weirdest-laws-explained/news-story/

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You can get in big trouble for smuggling banana plants in Queensland.

 

I thought that the helmet thing might have been an attempt to protect people from killer magpie attacks.

 

Dropbears are the problem.

 

https://australianmuseum.net.au/drop-bear

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Well, lets put this in context:

 

This is just a gag, yes: I live about 1 kilometre from where this photo was taken: and no, helmets are not required:

 

BUT:

 

http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2005/s1299505.htm

Quadriplegic regains $4m compo

Reporter: Matt Peacock

KERRY O'BRIEN: Almost eight years ago, Guy Swain became a quadriplegic after diving into a sand bar at Bondi Beach. Today, his long battle for compensation is finally over. The High Court upheld a jury finding of negligence against the local council, awarding him $3.75 million. But it seems this payout may be the last of its kind in Australia. The New South Wales Premier, Bob Carr, seized on Guy Swain's judgment to make his case for sweeping changes to the law to prevent other victims receiving massive payouts and other states followed. The legal fraternity argues that future victims will end up in the social security system with not enough money for care and a reasonable chance at an adequate life. Matt Peacock reports.

 

MATT PEACOCK: On Sydney's premier beach, with friends from overseas, Guy Swain did what he thought he was meant to do and dived in between the flags.

 

GUY SWAIN: Well, that's what I've been taught all my life. It's like you cross at the zebra crossing, cause that's where it's safe, and that's why I swim between the flags.

 

MATT PEACOCK: That didn't help Guy Swain, who broke his neck on a sand bank and has been in a wheelchair ever since. He sued Waverley Council for negligence and three years ago was awarded damages of nearly $4 million.

 

GUY SWAIN: I just figured that Bondi would be so heavily patrolled and checked, because everyone goes to Bondi, that these things wouldn't have happened, and if they knew there was a sand bank, there would have been some warning.

 

MATT PEACOCK: Less than a year later, Guy Swain suffered another blow when the council successfully appealed against his payout. By then, his case had already opened a legal and political Pandora’s box.

 

HUGH MACKEN (SOLICITOR): The insurance industry seized on this case as being part of a claims﷓led disaster, but you've got to remember, the Civil Liability Act was launched from Bondi Beach, and it was no fluke that the Premier chose to launch the legislation there.

 

BOB CARR (NSW PREMIER): This is the biggest rewrite of the law of negligence in New South Wales, I guess anywhere around Australia, in 70 years.

 

MATT PEACOCK: For New South Wales Premier Bob Carr it was time to turn the tide. He announced new laws to make such huge payouts a thing of the past.

 

BOB CARR: Local councils and volunteer surf lifesaving clubs will be able to operate beach patrols with the confidence that swimmers won't successfully sue them when they hit their head on the sand.

 

GUY SWAIN: To sort of launch it on Bondi and more or less say, "It's all because of this fella" is a bit, I mean, not a very nice thing for someone to say about you.

 

MATT PEACOCK: The new laws didn't apply to Guy Swain. He took his case to the High Court, which today upheld the original jury decision to award him his massive damages.

 

GUY SWAIN: Over the moon. It was unbelievable. It's taken three years and I'm just extremely happy with the decision.

 

MATT PEACOCK: And how much difference is it going to make to your life? What's it going to mean to you?

 

GUY SWAIN: Well, it's given me a future. It means I'm not relying on anyone for anything anymore. I can have my own life.

 

MATT PEACOCK: Waverley Council is now facing a multi-million dollar payout, but its mayor feels sympathy for Guy Swain and others like him.

 

PETER MOSCATT (MAYOR OF WAVERLEY): My personal opinion is that someone like Mr Swain shouldn't have to go through every court in the land to get some sort of a quality of life for the rest of his life.

 

MATT PEACOCK: Guy Swain's case though is an exception, upheld today by the High Court on a legal argument about the rights of juries. The bigger picture is that since his injury laws around the country have been changed.

 

BOB CARR: What we've done is to rein in a position that had people not accepting personal responsibility, that had plaintiff lawyers making more money than the poor people who went to them, and left councils handing out ratepayers' money case after case after case.

 

==============================================================================================

 

So some twat dives head first into shallow water, cripples himself and blames someone else?

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There were flags...

 

And a guy was hit by lightning whilst standing between the flags at Bondi a few years later?

 

Should he have been able to sue because the council didn't have 'beware of lightning' signs at the beach?

 

 

 

Tourist struck by lightning on Bondi Beach

By Amy Lawson

February 20, 2005 - 10:34AM

The Sun-Herald

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A man was struck by lightning on Bondi Beach as fierce electrical storms caused chaos across Sydney yesterday.

The 29-year-old tourist from Ireland went into cardiac arrest after being struck just before 5pm.

His friends were able to give him CPR until paramedics arrived at the scene.

Ambulance officers treated the man before rushing him to St Vincent's Hospital where he was in a critical condition with internal and external burns.

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#getnakedaustralia

 

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4431100/nude-wollongong-cheeky-new-instagram-craze-hits-the-coast/?cs=298#slide=4

 

tourists take photos in their birthday suits. Or topless at least

 

 

I hope they apply sunblocker or the boys get fried suasages. ^_^

 

I have worked in 'The Illawara'. It is about 100k south of Sydney. The 11 weeks that I spent commuting there last year was a nightmare.

 

Yes there are some nice things about the place, but not many.

 

The media there will do anything to promote the area of course.

 

except:

 

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2082024/illawarra-ice-age-worries-police/

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C5ICKE0WAAQRAQB.jpg

 

Well, lets put this in context:

 

This is just a gag, yes: I live about 1 kilometre from where this photo was taken: and no, helmets are not required:

 

BUT:

 

http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2005/s1299505.htm

Quadriplegic regains $4m compo

Reporter: Matt Peacock

KERRY O'BRIEN: Almost eight years ago, Guy Swain became a quadriplegic after diving into a sand bar at Bondi Beach. Today, his long battle for compensation is finally over. The High Court upheld a jury finding of negligence against the local council, awarding him $3.75 million. But it seems this payout may be the last of its kind in Australia. The New South Wales Premier, Bob Carr, seized on Guy Swain's judgment to make his case for sweeping changes to the law to prevent other victims receiving massive payouts and other states followed. The legal fraternity argues that future victims will end up in the social security system with not enough money for care and a reasonable chance at an adequate life. Matt Peacock reports.

 

MATT PEACOCK: On Sydney's premier beach, with friends from overseas, Guy Swain did what he thought he was meant to do and dived in between the flags.

 

GUY SWAIN: Well, that's what I've been taught all my life. It's like you cross at the zebra crossing, cause that's where it's safe, and that's why I swim between the flags.

 

MATT PEACOCK: That didn't help Guy Swain, who broke his neck on a sand bank and has been in a wheelchair ever since. He sued Waverley Council for negligence and three years ago was awarded damages of nearly $4 million.

 

GUY SWAIN: I just figured that Bondi would be so heavily patrolled and checked, because everyone goes to Bondi, that these things wouldn't have happened, and if they knew there was a sand bank, there would have been some warning.

 

MATT PEACOCK: Less than a year later, Guy Swain suffered another blow when the council successfully appealed against his payout. By then, his case had already opened a legal and political Pandora’s box.

 

HUGH MACKEN (SOLICITOR): The insurance industry seized on this case as being part of a claims﷓led disaster, but you've got to remember, the Civil Liability Act was launched from Bondi Beach, and it was no fluke that the Premier chose to launch the legislation there.

 

BOB CARR (NSW PREMIER): This is the biggest rewrite of the law of negligence in New South Wales, I guess anywhere around Australia, in 70 years.

 

MATT PEACOCK: For New South Wales Premier Bob Carr it was time to turn the tide. He announced new laws to make such huge payouts a thing of the past.

 

BOB CARR: Local councils and volunteer surf lifesaving clubs will be able to operate beach patrols with the confidence that swimmers won't successfully sue them when they hit their head on the sand.

 

GUY SWAIN: To sort of launch it on Bondi and more or less say, "It's all because of this fella" is a bit, I mean, not a very nice thing for someone to say about you.

 

MATT PEACOCK: The new laws didn't apply to Guy Swain. He took his case to the High Court, which today upheld the original jury decision to award him his massive damages.

 

GUY SWAIN: Over the moon. It was unbelievable. It's taken three years and I'm just extremely happy with the decision.

 

MATT PEACOCK: And how much difference is it going to make to your life? What's it going to mean to you?

 

GUY SWAIN: Well, it's given me a future. It means I'm not relying on anyone for anything anymore. I can have my own life.

 

MATT PEACOCK: Waverley Council is now facing a multi-million dollar payout, but its mayor feels sympathy for Guy Swain and others like him.

 

PETER MOSCATT (MAYOR OF WAVERLEY): My personal opinion is that someone like Mr Swain shouldn't have to go through every court in the land to get some sort of a quality of life for the rest of his life.

 

MATT PEACOCK: Guy Swain's case though is an exception, upheld today by the High Court on a legal argument about the rights of juries. The bigger picture is that since his injury laws around the country have been changed.

 

BOB CARR: What we've done is to rein in a position that had people not accepting personal responsibility, that had plaintiff lawyers making more money than the poor people who went to them, and left councils handing out ratepayers' money case after case after case.

 

==============================================================================================

 

So some twat dives head first into shallow water, cripples himself and blames someone else?

 

 

Yeah, a part of increasing bureaucratic overreach is made by the people.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3762226/Barbra-Streisand-claims-Australia-Donald-Trump-wins-election.html

 

Barbra Streisand revealed during an Australian TV interview that she will move Down Under if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States in November.

The 74-year-old actress, a lifelong Democrat who endorses Hilary Clinton in the US election, made the admission during an interview with 60 Minutes.

Barbra told Sydney-based journalist Michael Usher on Sunday she would consider relocating to Australia or Canada in the event of a Trump presidency.

 

Any sign of Crazy Train arriving in Botany Bay?

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Looks like it's Australia's turn now.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-06/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-brighton-siege/8591540

 

 


Police say they are treating yesterday's shooting and hostage situation in Melbourne, which left two people dead, including a gunman linked to plans to attack the Holsworthy Army base, as terrorism.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the gunman, 29-year-old Yacqub Khayre from Roxburgh Park in Melbourne's north, had a long criminal history and was recently released from prison on parole.

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An amusing quip in this column's comments section about an Aussie who married an American (well, Texan) and naturalized;

 

http://www.katepaulk.com/musings/a-slow-becoming/

 

An English friend once remarked to me long ago that he had come to regard Australians as “British Texans.”

 

Not really the case IME, but I can see how a Brit would arrive at that conclusion.

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