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Bogan kids damages ACTION bus

By stahmo - 14 January 2012 33

My first time to take the bus 702 yesterday turned out to be quite an adventure. Perhaps that’s what you get on Friday 13th.

As the bus went up Northbourne, near the public housing just before Dickson, a kid threw a solid object at the bus and hit the rear door. There was a loud bang and passengers noticed the intact but shattered door. The bus kept going for a few minutes, but then suddenly the glass fell apart and pieces of glass fell everywhere. The bus came to a stop at Mouat St. and everyone waited for the next bus to arrive.

broken bus window

No passengers seemed to have noticed what caused it, but the driver saw the perpetrator and said the video surveillance on the bus would have caught them. Later, the transport officer who attended our stopped bus spoke briefly to me about it.  He said this kind of thing has happened before in Tuggeranong / Woden / southern parts of Canberra, but usually kids would throw less harmful objects like eggs. He said up until now it had been quite rare in the inner north. He called these kids “bogans”, kids with irresponsible parents that don’t properly look after their children.

All passengers had to wait 30 minutes until the next bus came to continue the journey.

standing around

It was sad to see this sort of thing happening in my adopted home town. Public transport in Canberra has already lost huge sums of taxpayer money in recent past, and this sort of behaviour is all going to add up to less services for the general public. I look forward to the realtime bus data and improvements to frequency and network coverage. I have taken the bus countless times and enjoy the experience much more than driving.

I guess this event makes me think, what has happened to the culture of these families that are less well-off … why does less income mean they take pleasure out of damage vehicles and being a public nuisance? What is wrong with our education system? I love this city, and hope it doesn’t become a second Sydney. I like to think that we are more sophisticated and cultured, but this sort of event is quite off-putting.

On a totally irrelevant but happier note, I met a happy Steve Jobs look-alike on the same bus.

steve jobs lives?

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Bogan kids damages ACTION bus
Stevian 7:57 pm 14 Jan 12

All kids are thugs and should be rounded up and shot

Extreme? Maybe

Effective? Certainly

Violet68 7:30 pm 14 Jan 12

Dilandach said :

Violet68 said :

Maybe some sort of HECS system needs to be introduced (for their parents as well if offenders are under 18) to recoop costs.

HECS made it harder for “bogan” kids to access to tertiary education, so yeah makes sense……

I’m curious to know how you think that HECS made it harder for “bogan” kids to access tertiary education? (assuming they even get past year 8). HECS is effectively education on a tab which is later recouped when you graduate and get a job like the rest of society. Working off a debt as it is, which in a position obtained with tertiary credentials is usually a small slice of a usually good wage.

So please, enlighten the class on how a system which anything would actually help the “bogan” kids access tertiary education is in your eyes a hindrance?

Tertiary education was free under Whitlam. Yes HEC’s was a loan type system. Now it’s called HELP. It means if you don’t have the $650 to $700 cash to pay per subject up front, you don’t get a discount, so yeah it rewards the wealthy or those who have wealthy parents and acts as a disincentive for people who have to borrow and then spend a majority of their professional lives repaying the debt. Enlightening enough?

I daresay the same thing might happen in the case of a wealthy young person throwing rock at bus (with parents who can pay for a good solicitor) and a so called “bogan” young person who doesn’t have the same opportunity. Anyhow, it must have been a “bogan” cos it was near public housing…nuff said mate.

bigfeet 7:06 pm 14 Jan 12

Violet68 said :

HECS made it harder for “bogan” kids to access to tertiary education, so yeah makes sense……

No. Their choice to be a bogan makes is harder for them to access tertiary education.

Boganity has nothing to do with income and everything to do with the choices you make.

Dilandach 7:02 pm 14 Jan 12

Violet68 said :

Maybe some sort of HECS system needs to be introduced (for their parents as well if offenders are under 18) to recoop costs.

HECS made it harder for “bogan” kids to access to tertiary education, so yeah makes sense……

I’m curious to know how you think that HECS made it harder for “bogan” kids to access tertiary education? (assuming they even get past year 8). HECS is effectively education on a tab which is later recouped when you graduate and get a job like the rest of society. Working off a debt as it is, which in a position obtained with tertiary credentials is usually a small slice of a usually good wage.

So please, enlighten the class on how a system which anything would actually help the “bogan” kids access tertiary education is in your eyes a hindrance?

Dilandach 6:34 pm 14 Jan 12

I think that ‘feral’ would be a more apt description of these types rather than the catch all classification of ‘bogan’. Afterall, you can have a bogan without the feral but you can’t have the feral without the bogan.

Why do they do this sort of thing? Only the feral knows, for fun with probably a hint of ‘up yours world, i don’t have nice things so i’ll break or steal other peoples things’. The attitude and behaviour is generally learnt from the feral parents. The lowly educated, long term unemployed and often drug and drink addicted with no prospects or motivation to improve their situation even for their own kids.

Whenever they do something its never their fault and one of their favourite catch cries when they’re bought to account on behaviour is “don’t judge me!”.

Quite easy to spot the ferals even before they open their ugly maws, the latest fad among them is that messy blonde streak that is across their hair like some cross bred mongrel dog, usually accompanied by some form of rats tail (which every time I see one I fight the urge to grab it and rip it from their skull or at the very least ask their parents “why?!”). Among other things unique to the feral.

The welfare system is squarely to blame. Encouraging and rewarding those who in past years wouldn’t have had the means to populate as much as they have recently. Sure, there were always ferals but no where near the amount as of recent times. Tough love is whats needed with the welfare families to prevent generational welfare dependence. Each kid born to these families is another one at risk of abuse, being lowly educated, unemployed and on the path to be a future crim.

Violet68 5:55 pm 14 Jan 12

Maybe some sort of HECS system needs to be introduced (for their parents as well if offenders are under 18) to recoop costs.

HECS made it harder for “bogan” kids to access to tertiary education, so yeah makes sense……

bigfeet 5:43 pm 14 Jan 12

GardeningGirl said :

I don’t know. I grew up in a guvvie and I suppose my family would have been considered poor and disadvantaged but I didn’t turn out feral and neither did most of the neighbours.

I know a number of people on 6 figure incomes who I would consider bogans, and a great many people on average and below average wages who are not bogans.

Boganity is a choice.

wooster 2:35 pm 14 Jan 12

“I like to think that we are more sophisticated and cultured, but this sort of event is quite off-putting.”

Hahahahahaha, “adopted home town” eh? Recently adopted, I’d guess?

GardeningGirl 2:23 pm 14 Jan 12

“I guess this event makes me think, what has happened to the culture of these families that are less well-off … why does less income mean they take pleasure out of damage vehicles and being a public nuisance?”

I don’t know. I grew up in a guvvie and I suppose my family would have been considered poor and disadvantaged but I didn’t turn out feral and neither did most of the neighbours.

Alderney said :

This sort of wanton distruction seems the be the norm as entertainment these days (not that wanton vandalism is a contemporary phenomonen). This is the same mindset that compels governments to enmesh overpasses so toerags cannot launch rocks etc on cars travelling at speed below. What has society come to when we are forced into taking such measures?

Maybe some sort of HECS system needs to be introduced (for their parents as well if offenders are under 18) to recoop costs.

About time people were forced into monetary compensation for minor acts as collectively they cost the taxpayer a sizable amount.

+1

matt31221 2:22 pm 14 Jan 12

This city needs more police officers. And the Guardian Angels, what ever happened to them? Did the bloke who was starting a chapter here not have enough follow through? I’d gladly volunteer to join personally if someone could start a chapter, I’m sure others would too.

Ryan 1:25 pm 14 Jan 12

In my mind it’s not so much the vandalism or damage, but the downright stupidity of throwing a rock at a moving vehicle, an act which could very easily result in injury or fatality.

Mr Waffle 12:43 pm 14 Jan 12

In the US, youth crime dropped dramatically at the same time as ownership of video game consoles (the Playstation especially) skyrocketed. I propose mandatory usage of bogan parent centrelink payments on buying their little brats Xboxes, so they can stay inside and mingle with other little turds playing Call of Duty multiplayer instead of being outside and vandalising the real world.

fgzk 11:38 am 14 Jan 12

Which index of boganality does the Transport Dept use. Can I get a copy please.

Alderney 11:28 am 14 Jan 12

This sort of wanton distruction seems the be the norm as entertainment these days (not that wanton vandalism is a contemporary phenomonen). This is the same mindset that compels governments to enmesh overpasses so toerags cannot launch rocks etc on cars travelling at speed below. What has society come to when we are forced into taking such measures?

Maybe some sort of HECS system needs to be introduced (for their parents as well if offenders are under 18) to recoop costs.

About time people were forced into monetary compensation for minor acts as collectively they cost the taxpayer a sizable amount.

Most of us were little shits when we were youths, but I for one never considered resorting to acts such as this.

BimboGeek 10:59 am 14 Jan 12

At my local centre it’s usually something like the phone booth being attacked. Bogans will attack public property that they themselves are likely to need and bogan kids attack schools. It’s like they resent the support of the community which is tragic considering that the rest of us, even the financially better off than your typical houso, rely on and are grateful for those services. They should be exiled to the desert.

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