7 April 2005

Dob in a Dumper

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John Hargreaves has put out this media release saying he’s sick and tired of people not being able to use the one overly regulated dump in Canberra correctly (actually I said that last bit) and that you can dob in an illegal dumper by ringing Canberra Connect on 132281 (how serious can he be if they don’t even make a special Hotline?).

I wonder if you get special stamps for dobbing in more than one?

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They close the tips, charge heaps at the ones that are nopw open, but miles away, they also get rid of Belconnen Revolve, and then complain that people are dumping rubbish?

Um…. I am truly amazed at the intelligence of our elected officials.

ABC online have the predictable news that Steve Pratt has, once again, never seen a crackdown he didn’t like.

Ah JB, you are truly a wise old sage, as always. You are correct in that not everyone has the facilities required. And I, also, am not condoning dumping stuff wherever you want. Mind you, I don’t pay rates, so I guess paying for a trip to the tip would be justified for me. Not that I ever would bother – I have friends to do that for me for the price of a bottle of red!

LG, who has had too much red tonight to remember her proper login (obviously haven’t had to pay anyone for a tip trip for a while….)

Assuming a drivers licence, which is not a requirement of the citizenry, and an ability to get to jamison.

i’m not excusing illegal dumping

I’m sayng the current system is incredibly punitive of non-drivers, which is curious when you consider the rest of this government’s so-called environmental agenda.

you can rent a traytop ute with cage for about 30 bucks from jamison.

excuses excuses. its what people use when they dont like the solutions.

And people who don’t have cars bonfire?

fancy taking a fridge to the tip on ACTION? (assuming ACTION were to run a service) maybe on the back of a pushbike?

The ACT is locked in this moronic ideological ‘NO WASTE BY 2010’ obsession. its unachievable.

While in Melbourne recently i noted the hard rubbish collection, by local councils, where they placed skips on the nature strips in to which people were dumping stoves, fridges, skis, old pets etc.

Contrast this with the ACT where you have to pay 30 bucks to take an old PC to the tip!

Now having said this, i still think that people need to take abit of individual responsibility. I detest people who dump illegally, especially asbestos and building materials.

I think they should be hunted down and thrashed.

Lets not blame the gummint for making it too hard, and dont give me this shit about low income earners. It costs about 15 bucks to take a trailer load to the tip, about the same price as a packet of cigarettes.

Spiny-Parrot7:41 am 08 Apr 05

All is good in our user pays system. The poor can just throw it anywhere illegally and the litter people pick it up. The money that pays their wages comes from those able to pay rates, Government chages and taxes. So all is good no need to panic those who can afford it are paying.

Maybe if they didnt charge exorbitant rates to dump at the dump (something that we’ve only had to do in recent times) then people would use the dump more regularly. I mean, that what we pay rates etc for isnt it? Or is it just for the new Human Rights Commission thingy that the CM decided we suddenly needed

Mr Hargreaves said he was fed up with the amount of litter around Canberra, especially that being dumped outside charity bins, and said his Department will bring the full weight of the law against people breaching the Litter Act.

OK, so the full weight of the law only applies when the minister wakes up and on a whim makes it so?

Also lets think for a moment, who are these people dumping garbage in innapropriate places?

Are they wicked souls taking vicarious pleasure in blighting public spaces with their garbage?

More likely they’re low income earners with no cars, and hence no ability to get to the dump.

Yeah lets punish them for trying to clean up the places they live!

Maybe Mr Hargreaves should tell the loony greens (as opposed to the sane ones), who want to change our living habits by restricting access to waste disposal, where to go. Maybe he could make waste disposal affordable for all and not just the rich?

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