Bikie laws are not the only crazy rules on the books
THERE are many who believe the Queensland Government's bikie laws are crazy.
And I guess in some areas they would be pretty close to the mark, dependent on how they are interpreted by the police.
Crazy laws got me to thinking about some real doozies that I have heard of over the years.
So what does one do when one wants to find some bizarre laws? Look on the internet, that repository of all that's cool and crazy.
Here's an example of some I've found, which I believe are still in existence in Australia:
Bars are required to stable, water and feed the horses of their patrons.
Being near or in a house that is regularly used by thieves can get you arrested. (Vagrancy Act 1966)
Children may not purchase cigarettes, condoms or alcohol, but they may use them.
Having an article of disguise without a lawful excuse is illegal. (Vagrancy Act 1966)
If you are to advertise a reward for the finding of a certain lost object, you must state no questions will be asked. (Crimes Act 1958)
If you can be heard by someone while singing an obscene song, you'll be in trouble. (Summary Offences Act 1966)
It is against the law to ask any person if their father was a criminal.
It is against the law to throw a bag containing both cats and dogs into the Parramatta River.
It is illegal to "seed or nucleate clouds by artificial means from a manned aircraft" to make it rain. (Rain Making Control Act 1966)
It is illegal to dress up as Batman or Robin.
It is illegal to force a kangaroo to drink more than six bottles of beer.
It is illegal to roam the streets wearing black clothes, felt shoes and black shoe polish on your face as these items are the tools of a cat burglar.
It is illegal to walk on the right-hand side of a footpath.
It's an offence to drive a dog or goat harnessed or attached to a vehicle in a public place. (Summary Offences Act 1966)
Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb. The fine for abusing this law is 10 pounds.
And you thought our bikie laws were crazy? Maybe it's time for our bureaucrats to focus on some repeals.