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‘Offensive’, in my concise Oxford, is ‘aggressive’, intended for use in attack. The opposite is defensive.

Offensive is giving or meant to cause offence. That doesn’t sound like, ‘Laying on the beach soaking up sunbeams’.

When is a hammer a tool for construction and when a weapon? A baseball bat? A golf club?
All have killed people.

Surely it is intent, which must be proven.

Offence is often taken when none is offered. Giving offence is an active process, not a passive one.

Many of us are deeply offended by our government’s contra-indicated solutions to perceived problems. Think drug wars, Think Adani.

Somewhere in the Bible it says, ‘If thine eye offendeth thee, pluck it out!’ Well, that sounds a bit drastic however you might avert your gaze.

Surely we are in control of what hits our optic nerves?

That same policeman who following orders, (Zero tolerance), fines victims, may well go home and relax with a bit porn.

Why are we fined under offensive behaviour.

Perhaps we have no laws that precludes ‘nakedness’?

And where does one stand who declares my body offensive? If on the Bible, then he is criticising his version of the Creator who caused me to be born naked.

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  1. To be offensive, the behaviour must be “calculated to wound the feelings, arouse anger or resentment or disgust or outrage in the mind of a reasonable person”. This case appears to be a typical application of offensive conduct crimes, where the only “victims” offended by the accused’s conduct were the police officers themselves.
    As the police may be the only individuals present during alleged offensive behaviour, the courts have held that police officers are persons capable of being offended by an accused’s conduct.


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