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Only in Darwin…

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Or perhaps this almost qualifies for a Darwin Award.  Not quite, it wasn’t a life-threatening situation.  Just rather strange!  A report in today’s HeraldSun details a woman’s reaction to being denied sex by a cabbie.

Quite within his rights, one would think, to say “No, thanks”.

The woman has been charged with criminal damage and having an offensive weapon after kicking the car and smashing the rear window with a bottle.

Quite  a night on the tiles, I think.

The joys of public holidays – slow news days.

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Written by Robyn Dunphy

December 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Posted in News, Stupidity

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Then there is the stuff kept quiet …

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Modess ad from the '70s

… or as quiet as can be managed.  After all, we wouldn’t want to upset the gentle sensibilities of the masses with such trivialities, now would we?

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) posted the following shameful information on their FaceBook page.  This is nothing short of disgusting.

ASRC FaceBook post tells us:

Women at the Darwin detention facility have been waiting 6 months for knickers- yes underwear. Many women had only one pair – the one they came off the boat wearing. Ten days ago the women were finally given 3 knickers each. The women are required to go to the office and line up and ask for sanitary pads on the day that they start their periods – not before and are then given 6 pads – not a packet but 6.

Certainly not a situation that would allow these women to feel even remotely like the woman in the ad on the left!  Was this someone’s crazy idea of cost cutting?  The mind boggles.

If anyone wonders WHY I will be trying to stand for pre-selection (pending my husband’s visa grant), the above is one of the reasons why.  This is NOT how I see my country and I am damned sure it not how a lot of other people see it either.

While technically this may or may not be an abuse of any international Human Rights convention or convenant, it is an abuse of simply common decency!

Visit http://www.asrc.org.au/ to see what you can do to help!

Note: I wrote about this on November 19 on another blog but it more correctly belongs here, so slighty out of sequence.  I am ashamed of my country, but not because of my personal battle, because of what we (yes WE – we all allow it) are doing to those less fortunate.

Written by Robyn Dunphy

November 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm