Liberal Cost of Living Shadow Minister Zed Seselja has made an effort to earn his pay while running for the Senate and asked why the Government spent a whole $61,000 on plastic bag compliance.
To this end he’s waving around an answer to a question on notice (which we note was asked by Assembly newcomer Giulia Jones):
The true cost of enforcing the ban was revealed in a question taken on notice during annual reports hearings.
“The ACT Labor Government has wasted $61,000 of taxpayers’ money enforcing a ban that they still can’t prove has any benefit,” said Mr Seselja.
“I am frustrated that the ACT Government focused their inspections primarily on small businesses including butchers, delicatessens, newsagencies and small local supermarkets.”
“This is yet another example of the ACT Labor Government tying up small business with excess regulation and inspection. We should be encouraging these businesses to grow, not wasting their time looking at what kind of bags they give their customers.”
“This ban continues to cause inconvenience for small businesses and shoppers with little or no environmental gain. The small businesses that were not compliant risk a fine of up to $27,500, which is wildly out of kilter with the ‘offence’ or the real needs of the community,” concluded Mr Seselja.
On the other hand if a business can’t use the right bags what other standards are they blissfully ignorant of?