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Are you really so vacuous as to change your vote over plastic bags? [With Poll]

By johnboy - 6 August 2012 68

It started with the Canberra Liberals having a mumble to the Canberra Times about wanting to see the review of the plastic bag ban before the election.

But then the seething fury of all Canberra’s angry old men lifted them up like a raging tide and we now have a media release promising a complete overturn of the plastic bag ban if elected.

ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja today announced that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will overturn the ACT Labor/Greens Coalition’s plastic bag ban. Mr Seselja said today’s announcement will give choice back to businesses and consumers.

Now for mine sure it was another embuggerance in this vale of tears achieving not very much at all. But does that 10c at the supermarket or remembering to take a bag with me make any real difference in my life? Not really.

Does this issue really matter to you?

The plastic bag ban

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UPDATE 06/08/12 13:55: Simon Corbell is expressing some surprise at Zed’s position considering how mad keen Vicki Dunne has been on banning plastic bags in the past.

What’s Your opinion?


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68 Responses to
Are you really so vacuous as to change your vote over plastic bags? [With Poll]
DrKoresh 11:56 am 06 Aug 12

chewy14 said :

I like the plastic bag ban because the ones you have to buy are much sturdier and long lasting than the old flimsy free ones.

Sure that doesn’t help the environment any but it wasn’t meant to, was it?

Actually, it does help the enivironment. The old plastic bags would decompose and release greenhouse gases before they had a chance to be sealed in landfill.

devils_advocate 11:54 am 06 Aug 12

The issue isn’t plastic bags per se – the issue is poorly conceived, badly implemented and counter-productive policy.

But this is par for the course for the Greens, so it wouldn’t change my vote, as I wouldn’t have voted for them anyway. But it is serious enough to make me reconsider voting for anyone that forms an alliance with them.

Mysteryman 11:54 am 06 Aug 12

c_c said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

c_c said :

There is no party more vacuous, backward and lacking in inspiration than the Canberra Liberals.

Except for the local Laborites. At least the Greens show some committment and passion, even though many of their ideas and policies are stupid.

Women and children’s hospital would say the Laborites can deliver something at least.
They’re also building a new dam, something the Libs were warned of a need to build back in the nineties but didn’t.

Yes… and what a great decision it was to build that dam! How much has the budget blown out to now, $405 million? That’s a little more than the $120 million it was supposed to cost.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:45 am 06 Aug 12

c_c said :

Women and children’s hospital would say the Laborites can deliver something at least.

Yes, but can we trust the figures about cost and outcomes?

c_c said :

They’re also building a new dam, something the Libs were warned of a need to build back in the nineties but didn’t.

And the dams are all 100% full anyway.

Don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying the Libs are any better, just that our local council isn’t exactly a paragon of achievement.

chewy14 11:32 am 06 Aug 12

I like the plastic bag ban because the ones you have to buy are much sturdier and long lasting than the old flimsy free ones.

Sure that doesn’t help the environment any but it wasn’t meant to, was it?

c_c 11:31 am 06 Aug 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

c_c said :

There is no party more vacuous, backward and lacking in inspiration than the Canberra Liberals.

Except for the local Laborites. At least the Greens show some committment and passion, even though many of their ideas and policies are stupid.

Women and children’s hospital would say the Laborites can deliver something at least.
They’re also building a new dam, something the Libs were warned of a need to build back in the nineties but didn’t.

schmeah 11:30 am 06 Aug 12

This is what the Libs call policy.

harvyk1 11:30 am 06 Aug 12

It ain’t going to sway my vote either way. I used to reuse the old style plastic bags, and it’s a little annoying that they are no longer given out as a matter of course, and I’m not a fan of the new style of plastic bags wollies sell because they can’t be sealed as easily or as well as the old style.

That said it’s hardly a big inconvenience to me, and the 75c the new style plastic bags have added to the weekly shop (assuming 5 of them and that you didn’t go to IGA which still give out free plastic bags) is hardly a massive strain on the shopping budget when your potentially spending $200 on food and other items.

I’d say that if paying 15c for shopping bags is a true concern where by it’s the only thing which will sway you from voting between one party or the other, gee you live a good life.

Thumper 11:27 am 06 Aug 12

Couldn’t give a toss.

Bag or no bag really makes absolutely no difference to my life at all.

And I’m not voting for any of these self serving muppets.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:20 am 06 Aug 12

c_c said :

There is no party more vacuous, backward and lacking in inspiration than the Canberra Liberals.

Except for the local Laborites. At least the Greens show some committment and passion, even though many of their ideas and policies are stupid.

Primal 11:14 am 06 Aug 12

I got over the horrors of no free plastic bags about ohhhh five seconds after it all began.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 11:13 am 06 Aug 12

Haha incredible. Are there really a load of mr gillespies out there or just a vocal few. If this is what you are running your election campaign on, I can’t see you getting very far.

poetix 11:09 am 06 Aug 12

Is vaccuous even more vacuous than vacuous?

Yes,I know I’m unbearable.

Madam Cholet 11:04 am 06 Aug 12
c_c 10:57 am 06 Aug 12

There is no party more vacuous, backward and lacking in inspiration than the Canberra Liberals.

There top two stories on their website with less than 3mths to the election, is crippling carbon costs for Norfolk Island, and bringing back plastic bags.

Which is unsurprising, their policies are threadbare.

Cheaper sports ground fees, upgrades to sports grounds, cheaper rego, supporting veterans (federal matter anyway) and a great new red tape organisation with shades of Rhodium.

At least try and give us an alternative.

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