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Discussion in 'Living Room' started by Chilliblue, 19th Apr, 2016.

  1. Chilliblue

    Chilliblue Well-Known Member

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    1. In Queensland taxi drivers must keep a bale of hay in the boot of their car.
    I want to know the reason why?

    2. In Victoria it is illegal to change a light bulb unless you are a qualified electrician.
    Someone needs to let tenants and landlords know.

    3. Bars are required by law to stable, water and feed the horses of patrons.
    Can you refuse service to patrons of horses.

    4. It is illegal to be 'drunk' in pubs in Australia.
    Interesting to know what the fines would be.

    5. After midday on Sunday in Victoria it is illegal to wear pink hot pants.
    @datto one to know. Personally think it should be illegal all times and in all states.

    6. On Melbourne's Brighton Beach, bathers are breaking the law if they do not wear a neck-to-knee swimsuit.

    7. Children under the age of 18 are prohibited to buy cigarettes, but can smoke as many as they want.
    :eek:

    8. It is illegal to leave your car keys in an unattended vehicle.
    More stupid I would think.

    9. It is against the law to roam the streets wearing black clothes, felt shoes and black shoe polish on your face.
    o_O

    10. It's illegal to walk on the right hand side of a footpath.
    Guilty of this one.

    11. Coming within 100 metres of the carcass of a dead whale is against the law.

    12. Spitting in Brisbane is illegal and gross.
    Again another one that should be covered in all states.

    13. You can be fined $500 for advertising a reward for lost or stolen property and stating "no questions asked" for its return.
    So it is a "Don't ask, don't tell" or get arrested.

    14. It is illegal to wear a disguise without a lawful excuse.

    Link:

    And for NSW residents:
    A dog, pig, cow or horse can be considered a vehicle as long as it is being ridden or drawing another vehicle.

    Bus commuters waiting at the bus stop, rain, hail, or shine should be aware that New South Wales Road Rules consider it an offence for drivers to unlawfully splash mud on people waiting at a bus stop.
     
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  2. Mumbai

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    Reading too many FB/whatsapp forwards, are we?
     
  3. Chilliblue

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    Reading my childs supporting material for her assignment.
     
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  4. skater

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    Don't worry, he'll be fine. His are purple with orange stripes. They look spiffy with a bow tie.
     
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  5. Perthguy

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    This website says the opposite:
    9. If you are advertising a reward for finding lost or stolen objects, the advertisement must include a statement that no questions will be asked
    24 Weird Rules in Australia | Chambers Institute

    How about this one?

    21. Touching electric wires that cause death instantly attracts a fine of $200
    Is that like 'do not pass go, do not collect $200'?

    Is that thing about changing a lighbulb even true?

    Part 3, Section 4(1)(c) of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 (Electrical work) states that:-
    Divisions 1, 2 and 3 (with the exception of section 43) of Part 3 of the Act do not have effect in relation to the following electrical installation work –
    Electrical installation work –

    (c) involving the insertion or removal of –
    (i) a plug into or from a socket designed for such a plug; or
    (ii) a light globe, fluorescent tube or starter for a fluorescent tube, where access to live parts is not required; or
    (iii) a fuse element.​

    So it seems a non-licenced electrician is permitted to change a light globe (1).

    Do we need to package this up and send it to snopes?

    Edit: source (1) http://www.esv.vic.gov.au/Portals/0/orders/G 17_99_consolidated version as at 10 February 2013.pdf
     
  6. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    It goes to show:
    • There are no cities in Queensland, just regional towns
    • Victorians are best kept in the dark
    • You can still get nicked for riding a horse while drunk
    • @datto must be getting around at @Darlinghurst Boy's place & cutting Moshe's grass
    • That's why you can buy smokes in a pub but have to go outside to burn them
    • 100m is about the distance required for the stench of a decomposing whale carcass to dissipate in the wind
    • The burqua's back in fashion at Sydney's Brighton le Sands beach too
     
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  7. geoffw

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    That may be so, but the burqas are better at Hungry Jacks.
     
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  8. Scott No Mates

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    Apparently it's legal to take a slash at the side of your car if there was no loo around.

    But the copper that got me reckons I was more on the road with my hands behind my head.
     
  10. Scott No Mates

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    You were on the right hand side of the footpath at the time.
     
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    To start off I was, then I decided to "wash" the petrol cap on the other side of the car.

    Learnt my lesson, haven't been caught since.
     
  12. Joynz

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    Hmmm...just because it's on the Internet doesn't mean it's true!

    I notice that the linked article doesn't appear to quote the Acts these supposed laws come from!

    Suspicious,
     
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    I would like to see this one enforced. Only allowed on the right hand side if you are overtaking and with room to do so.
     
  14. Chilliblue

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    Hence the reason for following up the assignment. Believe or not they are all true and some other even obscurer ones.
     
  15. Jimmy Foxx

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    No they are not all true in terms of being the current law. As further research will show:)
     
  16. Dan Donoghue

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    1. this is because of the days when Taxi's were horse drawn, it was considered cruel to not carry food and water for the animal if they should still be out when it was feeding time, the law still stands in the UK too but also states a pail of water as well as the bail of hay..

    2. one of my parent's tenants used to make them get a sparky out to change the light globes, needless to say they didn't renew his lease, this is the same geezer who wanted them to buy him a roast dinner every night of the week until the oven light globe was replaced because he couldn't "see" when his roast was cooked with a blown globe

    3. A horse walked into a bar................... :D
     
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  17. Scott No Mates

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    The poor thing. Was it ok?
     
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  18. Chilliblue

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    The bale of hay was repealed for Melbourne taxi's but not in full for QLD. Must be slower up there.
     
  19. Scott No Mates

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    It explains how they drive.
     
  20. Dan Donoghue

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    I believe it was really sad about it, it had a long face