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Hargreaves kills fireworks now

By johnboy - 24 August 2009 161

[First filed: August 24, 2009 @ 11:49]

John Hargreaves has announced that, having last week murdered the Fringe Festival, he’s killing off Queen’s Birthday fireworks.

Some days it seems as if the man gets up in the morning devoted to making Canberra a worse place to live.

He is offering an amnesty for any of the now illegal fireworks you might have cached:

    “The Government understands that many Canberrans may still have fireworks that were bought legally on previous Queen’s Birthday long weekends. We will be encouraging people to do the right thing and hand in any stored fireworks for safe disposal without any questions asked, Mr Hargreaves said.

    The ‘hand-in’ will commence on Saturday 29 August and operate for the following three weekends. Details of the ‘hand-in’ arrangements are available at www.ors.act.gov.au. The ‘hand-in’does not involve compensation for surrendered fireworks. Mr Hargreaves stressed that people will be liable for prosecution if caught with consumer fireworks following the ‘hand-in’period.

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Hargreaves kills fireworks now
Joe 12:56 pm 24 Aug 09

Deano- The consumer Fireworks sold were not capable of blowing up letterboxes. These are some sort of other devices, from some other illegall source, and simply just because fireworks are now band, that this will stop.

So how about we ban alcohol?

Alcohol related injuries and deaths cost us more then fireworks ever did. Do we ban alcohol because of those idiots who abuse it? No.

This is just another example of a minority over exaggerating the facts, and destroying something that 95% of fireworks users who did the right thing.

So are we going to ban the dogs that bark all night and keep us awake? Or conviently poo on our front lawns ? Tell me whats next?

Next thing you know we won’t be able to leave our homes.

In the end, its the people who do the right thing that are punished.

Secret Squirrel 12:56 pm 24 Aug 09

Looks like Hargreaves isn’t the only fun police, hey Deano?

They were great with kids, and a large majority of people abided by the laws. As usual, the 1% wrecks it for the rest of us (the 1% AND the Gov I spose).

LG 12:53 pm 24 Aug 09

DarkLadyWolfMother said :

The lack of compensation is certainly lousy.

No need for compensation as those that purchased fireworks were supposed to have already used them on the long weekend.

Whatsup 12:46 pm 24 Aug 09

Well done to all the idiots out there that broke the rules !

You’ve stuffed it for yourself just as much as everyone else.

Deano 12:39 pm 24 Aug 09

SheepGroper said :

I’m anti fireworks, but I do think it’s unfair to spring this on people who bought their fireworks under the old regime.

It always was illegal to have fireworks outside of the permitted period. The only people holding fireworks are those who intended to use them illegally.

SheepGroper said :

Surely it would have been better to announce the upcoming Queen’s Birthday as being the last and allow people to use up their explosives?

And what do you think would have happened? A surge in purchases as everyone stocks up before they became unavailable perhaps.

harvyk1 said :

Even in NSW where it has been illegal for years people still seem to be able to get hold of, and then let off fireworks easily enough…

Yep, they just visited their friends in Canberra on the right weekend.

After having every post box within a 2km radius destroyed by vandals with fireworks I totally support the ban. Maybe now Australia Post will consider replacing them.

Clown Killer 12:32 pm 24 Aug 09

I think that the Government had little choice really. Once you’ve got a stated position that basically says … “If you can’t behave sensibly within the law then we’ll have to look at banning them” and you combine it with a community that includes the sort of idiots that simply can’t behave sensibly with fireworks then this is a logical consequence.

It has little to do with the people who have a thing for blowing up post boxes … that’s just a diversion. This is about the twits who can’t help themselves and simply have set off their fireworks outside of the allowable times, or in the wrong place or in some other way, contrary to the conditions of their permit – they’re the ones who have denied the rest of us the simple pleasure of fireworks.

dr phil 12:31 pm 24 Aug 09

damm fun police.

barking toad 12:26 pm 24 Aug 09

Can just imagine all the kiddies lining up to hand over the cache of crackers.

Looks like there’ll be some exploding nights ahead

housebound 12:22 pm 24 Aug 09

Hargreaves record: Griffith library, the Fringe Festival and now fireworks.

Perhaps that special someone is in his office trying to find the good things about the ACT and kill them off, one by one.

DarkLadyWolfMother 12:17 pm 24 Aug 09

The lack of compensation is certainly lousy. Giving folks one more year to ‘use up’ any leftovers and letting them know that there would be an (uncompensated) amnesty after that would be more fair.

Or compensating people. That might be fair too.

RatsNest 12:09 pm 24 Aug 09

What a kill-joy.

Why not focus on fixing real problems in the ACT rather than destroying the few good things about this place.

harvyk1 12:09 pm 24 Aug 09

Who does he think he’s kidding?

The people who let off fireworks which damage property (which technically was already illegal) I doubt they actually brought from legal sources.

All that will happen is that we will see less “pretty” fireworks, and more “loud bang where did my letterbox go” type fireworks.

Even in NSW where it has been illegal for years people still seem to be able to get hold of, and then let off fireworks easily enough…

SheepGroper 12:04 pm 24 Aug 09

I’m anti fireworks, but I do think it’s unfair to spring this on people who bought their fireworks under the old regime.

Surely it would have been better to announce the upcoming Queen’s Birthday as being the last and allow people to use up their explosives?

Skidbladnir 12:04 pm 24 Aug 09

Just as Ahab finally avenged his leg, Hargreaves has today avenged his kitten.
from hell’s heart he stabs; for hate’s sake he spits his last breath…

I do hope he runs next election, just so we can put him last on the ballot.
I mean, only 49% of people surveyed were in favour of a ban.

Its nice that once the people in charge age beyond having fun with their own children, they seem keen to deprive others of enjoying such things.
(Stanhope has previously been in favour of greater regulation instead of outright bans, citing actually having fun with children.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/stanhope-stands-up-for-fireworks/1537628.aspx )

Hargreaves on the other hand, has a black and shrivelled heart, which only pumps its putrescent ichor once per year.

captainwhorebags 11:53 am 24 Aug 09

Bugger.

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