AFTER a two-year battle, smokers will light up their cigarettes again when dining outdoors in Parramatta, after the council surrendered to restaurateurs concerned about lost profits.
”We are so relieved – this is great news,” said Omar Besiso, of the Parramatta Business Freedom Association, a group representing 50 businesses. ”It was never fair that customers could just leave and go to restaurants in Granville or Merrylands, where they could smoke.
”You can’t stop someone from smoking. We just didn’t want to be disadvantaged because our council won’t allow it.”
This is an example of competitive federalism – locals at a regulatory disadvantage advocate change.
I suspect that we’ll be seeing a lot of more of this – as people come to the realisation that the nanny state is over-reaching and trying to micro-manage every aspect of their lives.