An offensive four-letter word could soon leave you with empty pockets.
Those fond of dropping the odd profanity were left in shock last week when the state government announced it was tripling the fine for swearing in public places from $150 to up to $500.
This new law was followed by the alcohol-fuelled violence legislation. The new fine is the highest on-the-spot penalty for swearing in Australia. In Victoria the fine is $240 and in Queensland it is $100.
New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell said the increased fine was “a sufficient amount to act as a deterrent for this unacceptable behaviour”.
Comments on the Sydney Morning Herald’s tweet :”What the @#&%? Fines for swearing in public in NSW are about to triple” this morning included:
“Freedom of expression has limit” @fatmapuspita
“I guess on #jobsites there would be permanent rangers patrolling this lol. What a joke!” @Rosezahra
– Chanel Corban