FIGHT FOR THE FUZZ – Monday October 8 2012

– Nine police will today fight for their right to have beards and long hair in an unprecedented legal challenge against Victoria Police.
The officers say banning beards and ponytails is a human rights breach and have launched action in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The officers – who include police prosecutors, search and rescue officers, detectives and general duty members – say the hearing in VCAT’s anti-discrimination list was the first step in a long legal battle.
The rebels – listed on the VCAT website as Colin Greenland, Andrew Haines, Bradley Beale, Anthony Downes, Robert Twining, Scott Edwards, Lee Smith, Vasilios Chrisant and Allan Lloyd – are not backed by the powerful Police Association and will go into today’s directions hearing unrepresented.
Police Association secretary Senior Sergeant Greg Davies said the group was entitled to makes its gripe to VCAT.
The “Herald Sun” reported in January that about a dozen officers had complained in writing to the Human Rights Commission about the change in policy.
The officers have been exempted from the new policy, which came into effect on January 1st, until the issue is resolved.
One officer said the group wanted to adhere to a professional standard that allowed tidy beards and hairstyles.
Among facial hair banned under the edict are beards, handlebar moustaches, mutton chops and goatees.
Women in the force will also face disciplinary action if they wear make-up or nail polish that is not natural looking or in neutral tones.
Police appearing at today’s hearing will not be allowed to wear their uniforms, drive there in police cars or be on duty.
The officers have agreed to lose their beards should they be unsuccessful in their challenge.
Under the new policy members who have beards for medical, cultural or religious reasons are exempt.
A Victoria Police spokesman said police were aware of the hearing but would not comment as the matter was about to be heard before the tribunal.
The State Government also declined to comment – Wayne Flower & Anthony Dowsley


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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