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20 July, 2006

Premier threatens kids to give up seats

As from yesterday, New South Wales students are required to give up their seats for elderly passengers. Under the rules, students will be forced to vacate seats for the elderly and frail and for pregnant women.

It sounds fair, but how are they going to do so? They threaten students. The penalties for failing to do so range from a two-week suspension or a permanent revocation of their passes. Giving up seats to those who are needed is one of the basic principles, but shouldn't kids be taught, instead of being threatened?

State Government threatens students. Perhaps those students are not aware this is kind of threat today, but one day when they grow up, they will be very familiar with such tactic... if you don't do so, I will do something.

This just reminds me of a former SillyDog701 member Ronnie Williams II. He previously falsely accused SillyDog701 of attacking his server, then he bought offensive domain names to defame my website. Recently, he made another false accusation that SillyDog701 used his images, instead of asking he sent a threatening letter. A copy of a letter Microsoft Lawyers sent to Pirate Bay with minor changes.

Kids forced to give up seats (News.com.au, 19 July 2006)

Kids forced to give up seats

Students will be banned from buses and trains if they don't give up their seats for elderly passengers under new rules which come into effect in New South Wales today.

Warnings will be issued over loud speakers at stations advising students they face losing their concession passes for disrespectful behaviour.
Under the rules, students will be forced to vacate seats for the elderly and frail and for pregnant women.

The penalties for failing to do so range from a two-week suspension or a permanent revocation of their passes.

"We shouldn't have to constantly make these reminders but regular bus commuters tell me we've forgotten some of the most basic principles," Premier Morris Iemma said yesterday.

"That is, if you're fit and healthy, get off your backside for someone who might need the seat more than you and students in particular have no excuse not to vacate their seat for adults who are paying full fare and are standing."

The stricter rules for students means they will receive fewer warnings before their concession passes are revoked.
Mr Iemma said the changes are in response to his Respect and Responsibility program aimed at stamping out anti-social behaviour.

"Students face a range of penalties for breaching these rules from a two-week suspension for discourteous behaviour to permanent bans for dangerous acts," he said. "It means no excuses if the rules are broken."

A code of conduct will be handed out in Sydney's schools.

Transport Minister John Watkins also launched a bizarre new campaign to stop people coughing on each other on public transport.

During winter, a warning system will remind sick passengers to cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing.

Mr Watkins said commuters are at greater risk of catching the flu.

"Unfortunately, at this time many unwell commuters think nothing of catching public transport and coughing and sneezing over fellow passengers," he said.

"There's a number of simple messages we'll be using to remind commuters to think of others.

"So if you're feeling crook take steps to look after yourself as well as those around you."

Posted by Antony on 20 July 2006 8:05 AM | newstalk

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I don't think it's right that the Government is telling people how to behave, but I do find it alarming that this is a problem in the first place. Doesn't anybody have manners anymore?!?
Posted by Mary on 22 July 2006 1:08 PM.
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