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Old 3rd December 2018, 12:10 PM   #1
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The right to bare arms - the Australian experience

I had to get in first with this.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-46425950
An Australian journalist has been banned from parliament for baring arms in parliament. Apparently there is a rule about this.

The explanation is that Strine for sleeveless shirts is 'wife-beater', clearly wife-beaters are not welcome in the Australian parliament.
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Old 3rd December 2018, 12:20 PM   #2
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Dead right too. How are the menfolk supposed to concentrate on serious business like running the country when there's a floozy running round with her arms showing?

She'll be showing her ankles next.
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Old 3rd December 2018, 12:36 PM   #3
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If there's one thing Australia is known for worldwide it's rigid formality.
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Old 3rd December 2018, 12:42 PM   #4
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Reminds me of the time my missus got refused entry into the Sistine Chapel, because she was wearing a singlet.

Some people would probably think we were incredibly thick for not thinking about it before trying to get in.

But then everyone on this forum is nice, so would only feel sorry for her.
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Old 3rd December 2018, 01:52 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by cullennz View Post
Reminds me of the time my missus got refused entry into the Sistine Chapel, because she was wearing a singlet.

Some people would probably think we were incredibly thick for not thinking about it before trying to get in.

But then everyone on this forum is nice, so would only feel sorry for her.
When I was last at St. Peter's there was someone at a table selling ... I don't remember what. Blouses, or big scarfs - something to cover themselves with.
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Old 3rd December 2018, 01:57 PM   #6
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Old 3rd December 2018, 02:24 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Minoosh View Post
When I was last at St. Peter's there was someone at a table selling ... I don't remember what. Blouses, or big scarfs - something to cover themselves with.
Probably Indulgencies....oh wait, they stopped doing that.
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Old 3rd December 2018, 02:52 PM   #8
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Is bare flesh okay if it's covered in shiny pink glitter bodypaint? Asking for a friend.
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Old 3rd December 2018, 02:55 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
Is bare flesh okay if it's covered in shiny pink glitter bodypaint? Asking for a friend.
Not for the Australian parliament, but your ....ahem.,.. friend would probably be okay at the Sistine chapel.
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Old 3rd December 2018, 06:06 PM   #10
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When I was at the wailing wall in Jerusalem, some woman (one of the keepers, I think) rushed up to me and gave me a scarf to wear.

I don't think bare arms shoulders and legs/ bare chest for men are appropriate in the following places:

Bank
Church
Parliament
Funeral
School
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Old 3rd December 2018, 06:16 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Planigale View Post
I had to get in first with this.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-46425950
An Australian journalist has been banned from parliament for baring arms in parliament. Apparently there is a rule about this.
Or some officious little parliamentary twerp trying to act out.

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The explanation is that Strine for sleeveless shirts is 'wife-beater', clearly wife-beaters are not welcome in the Australian parliament.
Really? Never heard of this term except in the context of US hillbillies.
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Old 3rd December 2018, 07:19 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
Or some officious little parliamentary twerp trying to act out.

Really? Never heard of this term except in the context of US hillbillies.
Male ones, at that.
I wonder when the US House or Senate first had a female member show up in trousers.
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Old 4th December 2018, 12:50 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by cullennz View Post
Reminds me of the time my missus got refused entry into the Sistine Chapel, because she was wearing a singlet.

Some people would probably think we were incredibly thick for not thinking about it before trying to get in.

But then everyone on this forum is nice, so would only feel sorry for her.
Yup me. Did you bother to look up the meaning of "chapel" before being so boorish?
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Old 4th December 2018, 01:00 AM   #14
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Or some officious little parliamentary twerp trying to act out.
This is it. In the public service order of hierarchy, a parliamentary attendant is pretty much at the bottom. But when a public servant of even little rank gets the opportunity to exert authority, look out.

Still, it's the right of the proprietor to invite people in only on certain conditions. There are restaurants in Australia and other places that require coat and ties. Even places as casual and laid back as Bali and Fiji require levels of decorum when visiting temples. Not so sure about Papua New Guinea though. I don't know if I would turn up with a penis gourd so as not to offend sensibilities........
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Old 4th December 2018, 02:05 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by cullennz View Post
Reminds me of the time my missus got refused entry into the Sistine Chapel, because she was wearing a singlet.

Some people would probably think we were incredibly thick for not thinking about it before trying to get in.

But then everyone on this forum is nice, so would only feel sorry for her.
I understand the Church's reluctance to let her in. It's the start of a slippery slope. Who knows where it would end?
Cleavage?
Exposed midriffs?
Heaven forfend, even full frontal male nudity!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sistin...on_of_Adam.jpg
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Old 4th December 2018, 02:34 AM   #16
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Would a bloke be let in wearing a wife beater? No? Then, equality.
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Old 4th December 2018, 04:59 AM   #17
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Reminds me of the kerfuffle over security calling the MPs "Mate" a few years back.
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Old 4th December 2018, 06:53 AM   #18
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Rep Bobby Rush was removed from the House in DC for wearing a hoodie. https://www.cnn.com/2012/03/28/polit...die/index.html

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Old 4th December 2018, 10:39 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by cullennz View Post
Reminds me of the time my missus got refused entry into the Sistine Chapel, because she was wearing a singlet.

Some people would probably think we were incredibly thick for not thinking about it before trying to get in.

But then everyone on this forum is nice, so would only feel sorry for her.
But did she win her FILA bracket while over there?
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Old 6th December 2018, 11:33 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by cullennz View Post
Reminds me of the time my missus got refused entry into the Sistine Chapel, because she was wearing a singlet.

Some people would probably think we were incredibly thick for not thinking about it before trying to get in.

But then everyone on this forum is nice, so would only feel sorry for her.
I hate to partially disagree, but I suspect you would be partially wrong on that.
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Old 6th December 2018, 11:35 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Minoosh View Post
When I was last at St. Peter's there was someone at a table selling ... I don't remember what. Blouses, or big scarfs - something to cover themselves with.
Burkhas perhaps??????




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Old 6th December 2018, 11:37 PM   #22
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This is it. In the public service order of hierarchy, a parliamentary attendant is pretty much at the bottom. But when a public servant of even little rank gets the opportunity to exert authority, look out.

Still, it's the right of the proprietor to invite people in only on certain conditions. There are restaurants in Australia and other places that require coat and ties. Even places as casual and laid back as Bali and Fiji require levels of decorum when visiting temples. Not so sure about Papua New Guinea though. I don't know if I would turn up with a penis gourd so as not to offend sensibilities........
Go for it and start a trend!!!
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