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Vote One Zombie: A prejudice against the undead

Posted by: Neil Mitchell | 23 October, 2012 - 8:42 AM
Zombies! (Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones)

This is bureaucracy at work – your bureaucracy. This of this as we head into council elections.

A Melbourne council has taken a stand against Zombies, the walking dead.

They are popular are popular these days. We have Zombie parades, Zombie parties, and a bunch of people have a Zombie game.

They get kids, dress some as Zombies, some as humans, and then they play tag in the park.

They run around chasing each other, and if you get tagged – you are a Zombie.

It’s called ‘Humans vs Zombies’ and, they’ve been banned.

The recreation support officer at the City of Glen Eira has said: “Our parks within Glen Eira are not suitable for the type of event you are proposing to organise.”

However Cr Michael Lipshutz insists this was not a refusal: "They may think that it was a refusal, and I accept that but it was not a refusal."

LISTEN: Cr Michael Lipshutz speaks with Neil Mitchell

"I'll accept that the wording was unfortunate, but the reality is that they have not been banned, and if they wanted to play in our parks, they'd be welcome to."

This is the same lot that banned Frisbee throwing without a fee. And now, Zombie games. What is this, a campaign against Zombies? A campaign against kids? A campaign to cut back exercise for kids?

This is so much nonsense. Are they worried dogs will be frightened by Zombies?

There’s a prejudice here. It looks like a prejudice against the undead.

So, the elections are coming up. Vote One Zombie!

LISTEN: Neil Mitchell speaks with 'Sue', a mother of a human, and Anthony Osborne, Secretary of Humans vs Zombies Victoria:

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Blog comments Your Say

  • to jack, those with black blasters are asked not ti use them as they are against the organisation's rules. As for those running around in Army Camouflage, there are no laws against that, and they are freely available from commercial stores

    alex Sunday 28 October, 2012 - 12:38 PM
  • The full story has not been told! I have observed people from "Humans Vs Zombies Victoria" running around with black blasters and Army Camouflage at Karkarook Park in Melbourne's South East. There is quite a few examples of this is on their facebook page, here's just one example http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150911418738984&set=oa.468290683186862&type=1&src=http%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ak-ash3%2F533400_10150911418738984_250527924_n.jpg&size=960%2C720


    Anonymous Wednesday 24 October, 2012 - 6:03 PM
  • BABY BONUS - I heard the clip of Tony Abbott that Neil played this morning before 9am and what I heard made complete sense and I didn't even consider it a slur againgst our Prime Minister until Neil brought it up. Tony abbott was correct in saying that many parents have their children close together, therefore need an additional cot, etc. My children were over 4 years about and it wasn't an issue to me to use hand me downs for my 2nd child.
    From a happy Nanna of two.

    michelle Tuesday 23 October, 2012 - 9:51 AM
  • Getting kids and teenagers to play outside in a park is a parents dream. It is a kids dream to have lots of kids to play with, dress up and play with their Nerf guns. What problems are occuring that concerns the Council? it could be nowhere near the violence currently being experienced on local street throughout Melbourne. Parks are not just for looking at and nowadays too many parks are empty. Councils need to wake up and embrace change. It is time to have the stuffy suited Councillors booted out!

    Gayle M Tuesday 23 October, 2012 - 9:40 AM
  • Councils are ridiculous and a waste of taxpayers money. Another stupid decision to ban something that allows kids to get out and about in 'our' parks and play their games. I heard on your show this morning that the 'zombies' are distinguished by wearing a bandana - big deal and where's the harm in that??? Too many councils in this state / country - they aren't necessary.

    michelle Tuesday 23 October, 2012 - 9:32 AM

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