Wednesday 13 December 2017

Swear at your peril in Australia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Reuters
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Reuters

London Daily Telegraph

Tony Abbott, Australia's PM has been accused of creating a "climate of terror" for asylum seekers after introducing a code of behaviour which threatens to deport those who swear, spit, irritate people or spread rumours.

Mr Abbott's government revealed in December that asylum seekers who arrive by boat and are in Australia on temporary visas would have to sign a new code of conduct that bans harassment, bullying and disruptive behaviour.

Now a leaked set of rules spells out the precise requirements for asylum seekers, saying they must not "irritate" people, "disturb someone", spit or swear in public, or "spread rumours ... or exclude someone from a group or place on purpose". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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