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CANBERRA COMMUNITY FIGHTS FIREWORKS BAN

By Clare Hogan - 3 September 2009 60

The Canberra community is uniting to fight Minister for Justice, John Hargraves’ ban on private fireworks displays on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

A group that started on Facebook just a week ago now has over 5,200 members and is growing rapidly.

Spokesperson for the group, Clare Hogan is calling on the ACT Government to work with the community to develop strategies to adequately regulate the use of fireworks — ensuring they look at the issue in a holistic manner rather than listening to a number of lobby groups and the few complaints they get.

“The group ‘Lift ACT ban on fireworks’ wants the ACT Government to represent the entire community, the majority of whom want to see the continuation of Canberra’s favourite family tradition – fireworks night,” Clare Hogan said.

“According to the survey work the Government commissioned in August 2008, 56% of the population agree that the ‘Canberra public should be able to buy and use fireworks’.

“This same research also reports that 18% of respondents or their families used fireworks on the 2008 Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

“This means there are over 60,000 Canberra residents enjoying fireworks in contrast to approximately 200 complaints John Hargraves has received.

“It is a shame that there are people in our community who engage in what can only be described as highly destructive behaviour or who simply do not follow the rules.

“However this does not justify a ban which penalises everyone. Otherwise the same logic could be applied to alcohol abuse or speeding on our roads. A few people breaking the rules does not justify an outright ban,” Ms Hogan said.

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CANBERRA COMMUNITY FIGHTS FIREWORKS BAN
vg 6:45 pm 03 Sep 09

Shame there isn’t a Facebook group for a ban on pointless endeavours.

Wow, 5200 ‘members’. 5150 are probably from outside the ACT.

“It is a shame that there are people in our community who engage in what can only be described as highly destructive behaviour or who simply do not follow the rules.

“However this does not justify a ban which penalises everyone. “

Ah yes it does, and the car/booze thing is a p*ss poor analogy. That’s why we have laws. For the 1% of people who don’t stick to what society expects

bigfeet 6:37 pm 03 Sep 09

Quote: ensuring they look at the issue in a holistic manner rather than listening to a number of lobby groups

It’s hardly “holistic” if you say that they should only be listening to your lobby group and no others.

Holden Caulfield 6:36 pm 03 Sep 09

ensuring they look at the issue in a holistic manner rather than listening to a number of lobby groups and the few complaints they get.
– Right, so you’re starting a lobby group to send a few complaints that the ACT Gov has reacted to lobby groups.

“…because a handful of people don’t follow the rules…”
– Well, there’s more than a handful of people not following the rules in my suburb, so I dare say the use of the term “handful” is both inaccurate and deliberately misleading on your part.

“This is going to ruin it for everyone.”
– No, it will ruin it for the minority of Canberrans who use the fireworks, according to your figures, that’s just 18%. Definitely not “everyone”. Presumably, the other 82% of “everyone” will either be disinterested or in support of the ban.

Swaggie 6:33 pm 03 Sep 09

You ought to know Greg that Gvmt only ever does one of two things – tax it or ban it. I dont care either way when it comes to Fireworks though.

TAD 6:31 pm 03 Sep 09

Looking at the bogan collective in the membership, Hargreaves needn’t worry about losing any votes from this lot.

Shame, as I disagree with the ban myself..

LlamaFrog 6:17 pm 03 Sep 09

wow thats some good statistics. same logic for keeping guns.

Cameron 5:58 pm 03 Sep 09

I don’t know if I could be more indifferent about this issue if I tried.

I don’t think a facebook group with 5,200 members in a city with around 330,000 people in it is going to change a great deal.

Skidbladnir 5:30 pm 03 Sep 09

While I’m supportive of private fireworks purchasing and responsible enjoyment, you’re not really presenting from a strong position, Clare.

What you’re missing in your media release:
Any sense of readable style,
Any link to the group you claim to be spokesperson of,
Any link to quoted survey which supports one of your claims,
Any links to further supportive information,
Quotes from non-Clare sources,
Any logic by which 5,200 members on an international site is the same as being “the Canberra community is uniting” for purposes of a political action movement,
Any contact information if you wanted to be contacted further by interested journalists.

Something you have that you shouldn’t:
Claiming that John Hargreaves is the Minister for Justice
(We currently don’t have one, and havent since the last Carnell Ministry back in the year 2000. Hargreaves is the Minister for Industrial Relations, Housing and Disability, Corrections, Multicultural Affairs, and Ageing),
Over-reliance on Facebook group memberships as a sign of popularity
(I am a member of the group “Fruity Lexia makes you Sexier”, but I’m not about to go off at someone if they think about banning it)

If I could give this less than 1 star, I would.

PS: Alcohol abuse isn’t banned, but the behaviour it can cause is a potential misdemeanour, and speeding on public roads already is a crime.

Mr Evil 5:18 pm 03 Sep 09

Suck it up. It wasn’t like we didn’t have plenty of warning that this was going to be a likely outcome if some idiots didn’t wake up to themselves and start acting responsibly. It’s been on the cards for the past three or four years.

And the world isn’t going to end just because you can’t play with your crackers anymore.

And no matter how much I dislike Hargreaves, I’m appalled that some people have allegedly made death threats towards him, just because he banned fireworks.

ErkzO 5:18 pm 03 Sep 09

I did join this group – im am very annoyed at the ban.

fnaah 5:16 pm 03 Sep 09

GregW, i think the argument is that if the same logic were applied to the speeding problem, cars would be banned.

dr phil 5:15 pm 03 Sep 09

Clare Hogan – To late! Maybe before not after.

Any way, I say we just have a big fire work night and screw the ban. As if thoses that have them handed them back lol

GregW 5:07 pm 03 Sep 09

I thought there already was a ban on speeding on our roads.

I know it is slightly irrational but I am strongly driven away from any political party which proposes bans as a solution, probably because I am almost never in the minority who causes the ban.

Clown Killer 5:02 pm 03 Sep 09

A Face Book group? You’re kidding aren’t you?

Joe Canberran 4:56 pm 03 Sep 09

Alternative title: Clare Hogan posts her own media release – refers to herself in third person!

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