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Drink driving to further fund the Canberra Times?

By johnboy - 20 May 2009 27

The ABC has the happy news that Jon Stanhope is thinking about ways to turn the rising drink driving arrest rate into another Government advertising opportunity:

    Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says he is considering publishing the names of drink drivers on a government website or in a Canberra Times advertisement.

But why stop with drink drivers? I’d love to see courts in the ACT publishing more information (and in a more timely manner) on all their deliberations.

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UPDATED: The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson appears to have become over-excited by this and has put out an error riddled media release which does, however, bring up the elephant in the room:

    “Mr Stanhope should also consider the message that he is sending to the community on DUI while one of his Ministers, Mr Hargreaves, retains a prominent position in his Labor Government,”

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Drink driving to further fund the Canberra Times?
monomania 1:04 pm 20 May 09

Growling Ferret said :

The old school public riducule of those who were caught DUI no longer exists now that the public shaming in each days CT is over.

Name and shame.

Make anyone who is found guilty of a crime wear a bright pink shirt around with their offence written on the back.
What’s the bet those annoying Civil Libertarians will complain & get this stopped?

Really the names & results of every conviction should be published, wether it be a pussy 9 year old who bashed a 98 year old or a 35 brainless drunk. But in the publication they should put degrading words in front of the name like pussy or even worse things that I won’t say at the moment.

probaly stopped because of “privacy” laws – load of rubbish.

name and shame

And then this list would be posted on Riot ACT or other blogs and forums. Indexed and archived for posterity.

Be a blight on peoples lives, and in the case of drink driving and many other offenses be far in excess of what most of society would regard as fair.

In the case of other offenses completely isolated from the court case and sentencing statements.

And for children, impose an unfair penalty beyond what is recognised in civilised societies as the rights of the child.

TP3000, if you want to live in a totalitarian society go and find one. Don’t you and your ilk try and turn ours into one.

p1 1:03 pm 20 May 09

The Canberra Times used to publish the full names and addresses of all those charged with drink driving every day – it was the most keenly read part of the paper. The practice was stopped in 1994 under the editorship of Michelle Grattan.

Thus one less reason to buy the CT. And since the chronicle provides plenty of material to line the cats box, I don’t waste my money….

A Noisy Noise Annoys 12:31 pm 20 May 09

The Canberra Times used to publish the full names and addresses of all those charged with drink driving every day – it was the most keenly read part of the paper. The practice was stopped in 1994 under the editorship of Michelle Grattan.

caf 12:14 pm 20 May 09

As I noted on the police media release thread, the drink-driving rate has not increased at all – it’s actually gone down by a tiny amount. They’re catching more because they’re testing more.

Jazz 12:02 pm 20 May 09

yeah but what is it really going to achieve? for some it would be a badge of honor to see their name published in the paper

TP 3000 11:56 am 20 May 09

What’s the bet those annoying Civil Libertarians will complain & get this stopped?

Really the names & results of every conviction should be published, wether it be a pussy 9 year old who bashed a 98 year old or a 35 brainless drunk. But in the publication they should put degrading words in front of the name like pussy or even worse things that I won’t say at the moment

Jim Jones 11:43 am 20 May 09

chewy14 said :

Make anyone who is found guilty of a crime wear a bright pink shirt around with their offence written on the back.

You really need to read ‘The Scarlet Letter’.

chewy14 11:38 am 20 May 09

Make anyone who is found guilty of a crime wear a bright pink shirt around with their offence written on the back.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:14 am 20 May 09

Blame and maim.

grump 11:10 am 20 May 09

Clown Killer said :

Name and shame.

probaly stopped because of “privacy” laws – load of rubbish.

name and shame

Clown Killer 11:05 am 20 May 09

Name and shame.

Thumper 10:57 am 20 May 09

Yes.

DarkLadyWolfMother 10:54 am 20 May 09

Didn’t the CT publish court results ‘back in the day’?

Growling Ferret 10:51 am 20 May 09

The old school public riducule of those who were caught DUI no longer exists now that the public shaming in each days CT is over.

This also means that people are able to keep their conviction and loss of licence on the quiet and choose to continue driving every day unlicenced, and thus uninsured, and then a complete public menace.

barking toad 10:48 am 20 May 09

The mayor is already spending a shitload on nanny advice. Wash your hands and don’t cough in anyone’s face. That’ll stop the babe flu.

I they insist on running drink driving ads, the minister for lunch should be the image we get.

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