Idioms – What is a scam?

A “scam” is a newer word and a “racket” is an older word.

A scam or a racket is a dishonest business.

Have you read “War is a Racket” by General Smedley Butler, the most decorated marine in the history of the United States Military?

Have you ever worked in an armaments factory?


Have you ever made your own christmas decorations?

Are you an interior decorator?

Have you ever decorated a cake?

Have you ever decorated a christmas tree?

Are you a businessman?
Are you a dishonest businessman?
Are you an honest businessman?



a method of solving problems


if we dont have a good system, then we might as well not have a system at all

the system has ben rigged
It has been rigged.
it is not fair.
People are not getting a fair go.

Human Rights

What is the origin of this?
What is the source of this?
What is the authority for this?

it is a self governing colony
that is what it remains
for the purposes of the law
as far as the law is concerned
so far as the law is concerned

that has long been proven not to be the case

the decision is

Phrasal Verbs

which was handed down on the
which was handed out in the

he said he had a duty to protect the system
he said he had an obligaton to protect the system

the Australia Act has logistical and legal problems

“We have a bureaucracy which has inheritted its attitudes from the convict days, which has not changed its ways of thinking since the convict days.”


we are in court
we would be in court

The true function of the courts was not justice.

The 1914 Crimes Act

the entire Australian Taxation Office is illegal
the entire Australian Taxation Office is not illegal

Have you ever been involved in a scam?
Have you ever been tricked in a scam?
Have you ever been burned?

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