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Prudishness at the Canberra Times

Leon Arundell 12 August 2013

Despite having published the word fIRETRuck in less prudish times, the Canberra Times suffered severe spelling problems in its report of Brendan Smyth’s theatrical #$%^ up, being apparently unable to spell fIRETRuck, but managing to spell it incorrectly in four different ways: ‘#$%^,’ ‘F word’, ‘f***’ and ‘f–k.’

This was despite 80% of respondents to the Canberra Times agreeing that it should be fIRETRucking OK for an MLA to accurately quote a legendary aboriginal actor in the Legislative Assembly.

The issue arose when Mr Smyth quoted legendary Aboriginal actor Jack Charles, who had said, “I was happy to assimilate; the only trouble was I wasn’t ever going to fit in. I’m fIRETRucking brown mate.”

Mary Porter – apparently under the impression that the ACT Legislative Assembly was too fIRETRucking prudish to hear such quotes, was quoted as pointing out that this fIRETRucking language was not permitted in a particular room of a building on the other side of Lake Burley Griffin.

Note: to avoid upsetting Johnboy’s delicate sensibilities, and those of the RiotACT’s censors and prudish readers, I have mis-spelled the word in question by inserting several capital letters.


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