Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Aussies' Flush Tax: Absolutley Craptastic

Soon to come to a liberal cesspool near you, Australia (which used to be a halfway conservative country) has adpoted a new "crap tax". From The Australian News:

Householders would be charged for each flush under a radical new toilet tax designed to help beat the drought.

The scheme would replace the current system, which sees sewage charges based
on a home's value - not its waste water output.

CSIRO Policy and Economic Research Unit member Jim McColl and Adelaide
University Water Management Professor Mike Young plan to promote the move to
state and federal politicians and experts across the country.

"It would encourage people to reduce their sewage output by taking shorter
showers, recycling washing machine water or connecting rainwater tanks to
internal plumbing to reduce their charges," Professor Young said.

"Some people may go as far as not flushing their toilet as often because the
less sewage you produce, the less sewage rate you pay."

Professor Young said sewer pricing needed to be addressed as part of the
response to the water crisis.

"People have been frightened to talk about sewage because it is yucky stuff,
but it is critically important to address it, as part of the whole water
cycle," he said.

"We are looking at reforming the way sewage is priced and this plan will
drive interest in the different ways water is used throughout Australia."

I guess Australians would not be allowed to have diarrhea if this goes through.

1 comment:

Mandible Claw said...

As an Australian I feel I have to clarify -- Australia is as conservative as it's ever been (we were always more right-libertarian than true conservative, TBH), however we voted in our version of Obama before the US did, and we are suffering the consequences earlier than you lot will.. Expect to see this sort of ridiculousness in the States sooner than later -- and expect us to throw Rudd and the ALP out on their ear shortly before you do the same with Obama and the Democrats!