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The code of conduct governing school kid behaviour on buses covers “offensive or racist language, fighting, spitting, placing feet on seats, throwing things in or from the bus, eating or drinking”. There’s no mention of dress code. And while there appears to be no code of conduct at all for non students there is provision for a maximum $100 fine if you do something as innocuous as sip your coffee while on the bus to work.

Drivers have the canada goose outlet store discretion to either allow or refuse pets, surfboards or bikes on board. But a search of the public transport website for “dress code” produces nothing. It’s obviously a case of come as you are.

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It appears there’s absolutely no limit to destinations. Read about the quintet with disabilities, three of them in wheelchairs, who made it to the Mt Everest Base Camp. Or the spectacular achievements of Michael McGrath, first person in the world with a disability to conquer both North and South Poles.

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A guide to access and facilities in the Queensland capital, Access Brisbane

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

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