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Sarah Harris likes to let her hair down. She likes to enjoy a drink. She likes to have a good time. She likes it when work picks up the bill, to thank her for working 10-12 hour days all year for the firm.

However, more than all of these things – Sarah likes to feel safe. So ahead of the work Christmas party, Sarah has applied for her permit to carry Capsicum Spray. Just so she can enjoy both things.

Section 7 of the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 states that it is an offence to possess or use a prohibited weapon unless authorised with a permit. Permits authorise the use of a prohibited weapon for sporting, training or instructing purposes, or for educational, historical or commemorative-type purposes.

More recently, prohibited non-lethal weapons have been permitted to for young legal professionals in Brisbane’s Roma Street and Sydney’s Martin Place.

“Yes I am fully aware that it is usually illegal to carry pepper spray” she says.

“It’s also illegal to slide your hands up someone’s dress without their consent, but nobody seems to give a fuck about that”

“But I’ll be letting this thing pop off for much less than that on Thursday night. If I hear one comment about the receptionist’s ‘side-boob’ – I’ll be airing out my new bottle of lachrymatory agent”

Harris works at the prestigious Hunter-Wood & Jamesons firm in the Betootan Financial District, and said while she is appreciative of the luxurious corporate events that the firm puts on, she often dreads attending them, knowing that an unavoidable pass at her will be coming that night.

“If we can maintain an understanding, me and the partners, that they will get immobilised for touching or leering, then it might be a fun night after all”

More to come.


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