Wednesday, 3 July 2013

If you own a suit and tie or a party dress you can't be an alcoholic or an addict?

The faces of alcoholism and gambling addiction are not likely to be those seen smiling behind suits, ties and race dresses. [The Daily Examiner 27 June 2013]

Now there is a breathtaking example of social and cultural bias if ever there was one – apparently this journalist believes that most alcoholics and gambling addicts can be identified by their attire and the events they attend.

On that basis he obviously wants to believe that Grafton’s July Racing Carnival is a substance abuse & addiction-free zone peopled by the smiling and well-dressed.

The fight in the Members Stand at Grafton Race Course in 2011 does not suggest the journalist's view of racegoers is an entirely accurate one.

It is also possible that last year local police were not so sure either; The court heard that Coffs/Clarence Police had liaised with Grafton licensed premises in the lead-up to last year's Grafton Cup week to develop strategies to manage alcohol-related anti-social behaviour…..OLGR director of compliance Paul Newson said the office and police would be active again at this year's Grafton Cup race week.

While this advertisement sets a somewhat dubious tone for this year, when even 'staff' at a private party are invited to imbibe:

Date Listed: 26/06/2013 Last Edited: 26/06/2013 Advertised By: Private Job Type:Temp

Waitressing $$$ FUN GIRLS wanted 5th - 8th of July 

Backpackers welcome for this great event !!!!

Your Accommodation, transportation, Alcohol, food and drinks will ALL be provided and you can party whilst your working/having fun. The event is a road trip up North Coast and to attend Grafton Cup race day. we can provide transportation leaving from Sydney on Friday @ approx 2.30pm great opportunity to see NSW beautiful north coast and get paid to do so.

We require 2 girls to come and party with a bunch of fun loving and respectful guys. You would be required to help out with some small tasks like serving drinks and food at the races for the group of 20 gentlemen. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HAVE FUN WHILST DOING IT!!! It will more like a wkend away fully catered for with some cash in your pocket!

Please send a photo with you application to, I look forward to chatting soon

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