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Greens want more social justice in traffic fines

By johnboy - 22 February 2012 45

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced she’s going to try and legislate more payment options for the badly driving poor:

Greens Transport Spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA, said that the current system of traffic fine administration was resulting in harsh and unjust outcomes for Canberra’s most vulnerable individuals and families.

“It has been described as a ‘sledgehammer approach’, and the fact is that it is ruining people’s lives,” said Ms Bresnan.

“The current system provides very limited payment options. Failure to pay a traffic fine in the time limit results in automatic licence suspension. For people who are on a low income or suffering from other disadvantage, the spiralling impacts of this can be devastating.

“Disadvantaged and vulnerable people often rely on their drivers licence to access employment, income, support, and housing. Once their licence is fine suspended, it can be virtually impossible to repay the fine and reobtain the licence.

“The reality is that in Canberra we have people who are losing their employment, their income and their housing as a result of an inflexible traffic fine system.

“The Greens’ legislation makes sensible amendments to make the system more fair and flexible, with new payment options and opportunities for provisional reinstatement of fine-suspended licences while fines are being paid.

I was not expecting the Greens to be entrenching the idea that driving is a right.

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Ben_Dover 9:58 am 23 Feb 12

I have this vision of the Greens all sat around the meeting room table; “Ok, time for us to develop some policies. Now who’s turn was it to bring the Acid and the Hash brownies?”

Ben_Dover 7:18 am 23 Feb 12

Another day, another barking mad bit of Green’s legislation.

Write your own Greens press release;

1) Pick a topic, any topic. (For the purposes of illustration, I’ll use “shoelaces”.)

2) Think of the most common-sense attitude to the subject.

3) Discard that.

4) Form a “shoelaces” steering group”.

5) Brainstorm the most stupid attitude to shoe laces you can think of.

6 ) Write some mad legislation to enable this.

7) Think of every minority group under the sun, (it does not matter whether Canberra has any ginger, gay, single parent, disabled Moldavians, or not, they are a minority.)

8) Write a press release stating how you feel it is about time the taxpayer funded free shoelaces for the ginger, gay, single parent, disabled Moldavian “community”, as this will enable them to “participate fully in society” lessen any “environmental impact”, be “gender neutral”.

(try to include as many of these “buzz words” as possible such as; “inclusive”, “holistic”, “non-judgemental”, “child and family”, anti-sexism,” “non racial bias”, “religious tolerance”, etc.)

9) Go out and annoy the b*gg*ry out of everyone with it.

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