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Just who dreams up our OTT regulations?

By cranky - 1 December 2013 12

We have recently had the ACT Gov deciding to impose fees on the worthy burgers putting on humungous Christmas light shows for the public. Chief Minister Katie has decided that no fees will be applied. I think the words used were ‘common sense needs to be applied’.

Why is this ‘common sense’ not applied to the BBQ inspectors, the ‘No Parking for the next 3 K’s’ (Monaro Highway), no quiche to be sold, and various other left field determinations arrived at by the staff of the ACT Gov, which seems to simply justify their employment and, without doubt, aggravate the local populace?

I am sure there are a large number of other decrees handed down by these clowns that defy common sense.

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Just who dreams up our OTT regulations?
rhino 1:11 pm 02 Dec 13

I think it’s fair to say that some of the regulations that come out do not seem to have been that well considered since they aren’t that logical. The sausage sizzle regulation is one case that is a relevant example. From my understanding (correct me if I’m wrong), you were allowed to have 5 sausage sizzles with no issue but as soon as you had a 6th, you were required to go to a training day for cooking sausages, which seems rather unnecessary and probably costs quite a fair bit to organise when all of the labour involved is included. How many sausage sizzles are conducted daily around the country? Probably a lot. And how many people die from them? Probably none. So the risk of dying in the car on the way to the sausage sizzle is probably many times larger than the risk of the sausage sizzle itself. Therefore it seems like a fairly useless regulation. Plus even if cooking sausages was somehow difficult and likely to result in food poisoning (which it isn’t), why would you allow them to be cooked without training 5 times but a 6th requires training? The logic there is pretty flawed. Surely the experience of having cooked 5 sausage sizzles would make you more qualified to do so than those who are only on their first.

HiddenDragon 12:21 pm 02 Dec 13

Budget pressures might see some reduction in the tendency to regulate.

zorro29 10:13 am 02 Dec 13

mmmm worthy burgers….

PantsMan 7:28 am 02 Dec 13

Whether or not you are subject to the OTT regulation depends upon who you are.

For example, the junkies at the traffic lights that terrorize locals and tourists alike are specifically allowed for by ACT GovCo because they are deadbeat sh$t. They amended the Australian Road Rules specifically to allow it: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/act/consol_reg/rtatmr2000503/s22a.html

Risk assessment? No.

Compliance with national scheme? No.

What a joke.

Diggety 2:16 am 02 Dec 13

johnboy said :

That the chief minister keeps going to water when ignorant chuckleheads demand their traditional right to remain stupid is a graver area of concern if you ask me.

Human beings were stupid till they regulated the sausage sizzle.

banco 8:02 pm 01 Dec 13

johnboy said :

Well, mostly, the regulations are made by people who, unlike you, have devoted a great deal of effort to understanding the issues and have a real statistical appreciation of risks.

That the chief minister keeps going to water when ignorant chuckleheads demand their traditional right to remain stupid is a graver area of concern if you ask me.

You’ve obviously never worked in the public service.

Woody Mann-Caruso 7:32 pm 01 Dec 13

I am sure there are a large number of other decrees handed down by these clowns that defy common sense.

You won’t have trouble listing them, then.

Deref 6:41 pm 01 Dec 13

poetix said :

I love it when he’s surly.

I love it when he’s surly and right.

maxblues 5:19 pm 01 Dec 13

johnboy said :

Well, mostly, the regulations are made by people who, unlike you, have devoted a great deal of effort to understanding the issues and have a real statistical appreciation of risks.

That the chief minister keeps going to water when ignorant chuckleheads demand their traditional right to remain stupid is a graver area of concern if you ask me.

If they have “devoted a great deal of effort to understanding the issues” why have there been a couple of big backflips (BBQs and TAMS fees) in the last couple of weeks? Should they have devoted a greater deal of effort?

Grrrr 5:02 pm 01 Dec 13

Pretty sure you mean Burghers.

My guess is something being well considered yet based on fairly obscure reasons means it’s likely to be labelled as “lacking common sense.”

poetix 4:45 pm 01 Dec 13

I love it when he’s surly.

johnboy 3:24 pm 01 Dec 13

Well, mostly, the regulations are made by people who, unlike you, have devoted a great deal of effort to understanding the issues and have a real statistical appreciation of risks.

That the chief minister keeps going to water when ignorant chuckleheads demand their traditional right to remain stupid is a graver area of concern if you ask me.

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