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Does Moomba really mean 'up your bum'?

Does Moomba really mean 'up your bum'?

Piers Kelly writes: At Melbourne’s very first Moomba carnival in March of 1955, my father recalls Sir Reginald Dallas Brooks, opening the proceedings from the banks of the Yarra river. In his crown-appointed role as Governor of Victoria, he made a plummy declaration that ‘moomba’ is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘Let’s get together and have […]

Swearing at police

Swearing at police

Piers Kelly writes... Police “doing their job” are required to be in abrasive situations involving high stress and conflict – exactly the kind of environment to expect swearing.