When you thought your civil rights had already been demolished a Sydney Council has resurrected the corpse for another blow.
It has taken the step to deny non smokers to inhale second hand smoke from their gasping associates.
A large Western Sydney club has built an out door facility for smokers, and the local Council decided that the area could only be used by smokers , the whole smoke and nothing but the smoke, drinking in the area is also forbidden, so having a fag and a beer in each hand is out too.
But even more sinister , is the banning of non smokers from the area.
It is the biggest attack on civil liberties since the Federal Govt banned dead people from having the vote.
Just to prove that stupidity does not end at the West coast of America, the local authorities have forced the club to employ security guards to enforce the order and barricade non-smokers in their air conditioned comfort with only the noise from gaming machines to keep them company.
Of course this enlightened policy has its upside.
Because the outside area shall be used for the exclusive purpose for persons smoking, the security guard will be empowered to force people to light up and stay lit.
Anyone not caught smoking will presumably be fined and excluded from the meat tray raffle.
This is a victory for public health in NSW OZ. Not only that, it is a long over due crackdown on the scourge that is the social smoker, the smug each - way punter who taunts the doomed addicts with his or her transient willpower and freedom to dine at indoor restaurants.
It is a shame that such a policy as making people smoke more actively; also deprives passive smokers of their piece of the action.
Nonetheless, the under-lying genius of the plan should ensure that local Govt in NSW, OZ continues to be accorded the respect it deserves.
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Neither one of my local clubs has a satisfactory remedy for isolating smokers.
In both situations the the smoke hits you as you enter the club; not a lot but enough to convince you that the imaginary line of demarcation is ineffective in preventing the killer haze from entering the clean air zone, although a first in best dressed rule would apply in this situation, like being seated 'Far from the madding Cloud'.
The Major cock up with the rules as they stand at the present time is that you must in both situations enter the smoking zone to use the rest rooms or gaming facilities.
Soon it is hoped that the state of New South Wales will follow the example of our 'Slow talking Neighbours' up north in the state of Queensland, where recently a total ban on smoking in pubs, clubs, restaurants and public areas indoors or outdoors came into effect.
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