It’s the June long weekend, so again we are seeing calls to have fireworks banned in the ACT.
The main reason is cruelty to animals. The RSPCA already has 15 dogs which have run away from fright, and there are also concerns for the native birds and wildlife.
The other reason is burns and other associated injuries, particularly amongst young, drunk, risk-taking males.
An interesting alternative to an outright ban is to set up a designated cracker zone, away from suburbs and with an ambulance on stand-by. This idea has some merit and could be a good compromise, although I suspect this debate will resurface every June for many years to come.
UPDATE: As predicted, the government is considering banning cracker night. Will this debate ever get resolved?