Tasmanian wowsers mark centenary

A century ago:

In 1919, 20 special deputies called “Sheriffettes” were sworn in to monitor the swimwear of the bathers at Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York. This was the latest salvo in an ongoing battle between women and beach authorities — and not just there.

Yesterday:

Hobart is pushing forward with its plan to become a completely smoke-free city by 2020, with the council adding three new smoke-free areas.

From today, Franklin Square, Legacy Park and University Rose Garden are designated smoke-free areas.

In order to make sure people abide by these new rules, the City of Hobart has employed an anti-smoking officer to crack down on smokers.

The Tobacco Project Officer patrols these smoke-free zones and has the power to issue on the spot fines of $338 to people caught breaking the new laws.

It will come as no surprise that this gauleiter of Gauloise is being enthusiastically pushed by Hobart’s deputy mayor Helen Burnet, a member of the Greens. Truganini, thylacine, tobacco fanciers … What is it about Tasmania and the yearning to exterminate?

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21 Responses to Tasmanian wowsers mark centenary

  1. Robbo

    They like to do things their way down in Tassie. The best thing that the rest of us can do is just turn away and ignore them.

  2. Mother Lode

    They like to do things their way down in Tassie.

    Actually, they like to ostentatiously pose as virtuous while taking money from those they see as unenlightened graceless rabble.

  3. Terry

    So, we’ve established intent. We must ensure the means to indulge their authoritarian fetish are limited.

    Maybe a trade embargo to ensure our two-headed totalitarian friends do not develop the Panzer.

  4. Ellen

    I have severe asthma, as do others in my family, dating back to childhood. I am on daily preventative medication, but even so a change humidity, or hay fever, or dust and smoke, especially cigarette smoke, can trigger an attack, and that easily tips over into bronchitis or pneumonia. I joke with my doctor that at least I know how I’m going to die.

    We grew up in a household where the adults were heavy smokers (one died of emphysema). While the smoke may not have caused my asthma, it certainly aggravated it, and the introduction of smoking free workplaces made a huge difference. So the new rules are likely to help save lives, not extinguish it. I am all for rules that relieve my suffering and keep me alive and well a bit longer.

  5. The BigBlueCat

    I thought the average Green is a dope fiend … traditionally they have enjoyed smoking their Mary Jane anywhere and everywhere. Perhaps they see the average tobacco smoker as a Conservative …

    As a non-smoker, I don’t mind seeing the enforcing of smoking bans in designated no-smoking areas. But I also recognise how totalitarian this approach is. I guess it depends on how the Tobacco Project Officer exercises his powers – first a warning? Or go direct to issuing the fine. I see the powers as pretty much unenforceable – what smoker is going to volunteer their details to someone claiming to be the Tobacco Project Officer? Are they going to be backed up by the cops?

  6. Tezza

    “ gauleiter of Gauloises”: +10

  7. Given that taxes from smoking go into consolidated revenue from which Tasmania gets more than it’s fair share, methinks that the ‘share’ should be cut to reflect the loss of taxes to the Commonwealth. The calculation of that cut should use the same exaggerated methodology that the Left uses for all of its loony ideas.

  8. Mark M

    “Truganini, thylacine, tobacco fanciers … What is it about Tasmania and the yearning to exterminate?”

    The extinction of the smoker might go the same way as the thylacine …

    Tasmanian tiger sightings detailed as document release reveals alleged encounters

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-16/thylacine-sightings-in-tasmania-revealed-in-rti/11602970

  9. Dr Fred Lenin

    The Tobacco Investigation Bureau are seeking the evil person who stubbed out a cigartte on the Used Sharps Box in the public toilet, they intend to prosecute them and ensure a long prison term for this dreadfull crime against The Climate Crisis Disaster ,contribuing to more CO2,HOW DARE THE SMOKERS DESTROOY MY WORLD .

  10. Tom

    Of course Hobart’s chief smoking prohibitionist — the deputy mayoral frightbat — is a Greenfilther. You watch: she will discover soon enough that, even though Hobart has only 200,000 people, it isn’t doing enough to abolish cars. Voila — congestion tax! Just like the world’s premier Greenfilth-run shithole London and Mogadishu-on-Yarra, who frightbat Greenfilth mayor Sally Capp wants to do the same.

    It’s nothing to do with traffic or congestion, but punishing the deplorable working class and getting them to kiss ruling class arse.

  11. Des Deskperson

    ‘Given that taxes from smoking go into consolidated revenue from which Tasmania gets more than it’s fair share, methinks that the ‘share’ should be cut to reflect the loss of taxes to the Commonwealth’

    Commonwealth grants, including payments from GST, will comprise a forecast 62% of the Tasmanian Government’s revenue in FY 2019-20.

    IIRC, the similar figure for the Eastern mainland states is around 40%.

    The Hobart City Council would presumably argue that, as “Limiting exposure to a smoking environment will help reduce the harms from smoking”, health costs will be reduced. Is there any actuarial evidence to support this? If smokers die earlier, then surely….

    I found this interesting:

    ‘According to the National Health Survey 2014-2015, Tasmania has the second highest smoking rate in the country.

    Nearly 20 per cent of residents smoke, compared to 16 per cent nationally.’

    Has anyone in the Hobart City Council asked or tried to find out why?

    I’m assuming, perhaps unfairly, that the NT is the highest.

  12. Indigo

    The Greens and Labor want to decriminilise hard drugs and have herion shooting rooms everywhere while demonising tobacco that has been in use for hundreds of years. Someone might take a look at the rise in drug taking and obesity and the relationship to the attack on tobacco. There will be a cross over in the graphs somewhere in the 80s

  13. Shy Ted

    Smoking Officer: Excuse me sir, this is a no-smoking area. Tell me your name so I can fine you.”
    Smoker: Arfer. (He’s a cockney)
    Smoking Officer: Arfer who?
    Smoker. Arfer Cough.
    And if they raise a single dollar from anyone that person deserves to lose $338.

  14. Some History

    Re: The Hobart Taliban

    The following comments were posted yesterday on the open thread.

    Wouldn’t expect anything less from the Tasmaniacs

    Full-time anti-cigarette cop will hand out on the spot $338 fines in a massive new no-smoking zone in the heart of an Australian city – starting TODAY

    Hobart City Council have hired a full-time anti-smoking police officer to roam the city with the power to fine smokers starting on Tuesday.
    The position has been created in conjunction with plans for a smoking ban to take place throughout Hobart CBD by early next year.
    … The anti-smoking officer will earn a $73,000 salary and can issue on-the-spot fines of $338 to errant smokers.

    Hobart City Council Deputy Lord Mayor Helen Burnet told The Mercury the new officer and incoming bans would mark a positive and healthy change for the city.
    ‘It’s a clear message that Hobart is looking to the health, wellbeing and amenity of people who use our streets,’ Miss Burnet said.
    ‘We need to de-normalise smoking. There’s also a significant amount of butt litter which ends up in our waterways.’
    The no-smoking zones will also act as a strong deterrent to stop quitters from relapsing by limiting the locations where they can legally smoke.

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/full-time-anti-cigarette-cop-will-hand-out-on-the-spot-dollar338-fines-in-a-massive-new-no-smoking-zone-in-the-heart-of-an-australian-city-starting-today/ar-AAILymp

  15. Some History

    The tosser Hobart Council:

    https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Council/Elected-Members/Current-Elected-Members

    And, you guessed it, Hobart Council also declared a climate “emergency” a few months back:

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/more-australian-councils-declare-a-climate-emergency

  16. Some History

    plans for a smoking ban to take place throughout Hobart CBD by early next year.

    Who’s running government?

    Just in the last few months North Sydney and Melbourne Councils have introduced baseless, draconian outdoor smoking bans. Hobart Council is set to follow early next year. Also in the last few months, these 3 councils have declared a climate “emergency”. These widespread outdoor smoking bans are pushed by “Public Health” operatives, e.g., Heart Foundation, Lung Association – why do we even need organizations representing dismembered body organs?

    Heart Foundation CEO NSW, Kerry Doyle, told news.com.au the organisation is now making a submission to City of Melbourne council to increase the footprint of its CBD smoking ban.
    It is also making a submission to Hobart City Council, which subsequently committed to expanding its CBD smoking ban by April 2020.
    “The Heart Foundation congratulates North Sydney Council on its decision to ban smoking in its CBD,” said Ms Doyle.
    “It is a significant step forward in protecting the heart health of people who live and work in the area, and we encourage other councils around the country to follow North Sydney Council’s lead on this important issue.”

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/north-sydney-councils-smoking-ban-blasted-by-steve-price/news-story/6514150ade9f28fd5cca730e68f33f47

  17. Some History

    Of course Hobart’s chief smoking prohibitionist — the deputy mayoral frightbat — is a Greenfilther.

    Such antismoking laws are usually voted in unanimously. Notwithstanding, in this case it’s the deputy mayor, Helen Burnet, that’s taken the lead in shoving the latest antismoking crap on the public.

    Just think smokers. If you quit smoking, you can be much more like the “superior” Burnet and her antismoking, nut-case ilk (photo is original… unmodified).

    https://imgur.com/vKJ9vSu

  18. Some History

    Such antismoking laws are usually voted in unanimously. Notwithstanding, in this case it’s the deputy mayor, Helen Burnet, that’s taken the lead in shoving the latest antismoking crap on the public.

    The “superior” Helen is sporting a wonderful Tasmaniac hair-style in an understated rat-brown, a critical element of the “bogan/hillbilly chic” look.

  19. iggie

    Headline 1.
    ‘Homeless persons gaoled in Hobart – unable to pay smoking fines’.

    Headline 2.
    ‘Hobart first Australian city to solve homeless situation’.

    Tobacco Project Officer – not Anti-Smoking Project Officer.
    Will it be OK to smoke pure weed in Hobart no-smoking zones?

  20. Dr Fred Lenin

    Will smoking be allowed in the shooting up joints rrun by the lefist governments ? If you can shootup surely you can smoke grass there , even though there is no massive excise on it .
    By the way how is Andrews shooting gallery in Richmond going ?
    No trouble to the residents and police is there ?

  21. Arky

    You are all missing the point.
    That young lady in the picture needs to cover her nipples.
    No one wants to see 1919 nipples. They are 120 years old by now.

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