Back in 2010, the ACT local council implemented a plastic bag ban. This was despite the Productivity Commission finding that a disposable plastic bag ban would impose costs in excess of any benefits. As the PC Report found
Based on the evidence available to the Commission, it appears that the Australian, State and Territory Governments do not have a sound case for proceeding with their proposed phase out of plastic retail carry bags. Similarly, there does not appear to be a sound basis for the Victorian Government’s proposed per-unit charge on plastic bags. A cost–benefit study commissioned by the Governments shows that the benefits of a phase out or a per-unit charge would be significantly outweighed by the costs. This is because the policies would penalise most uses of plastic retail carry bags, whereas the potential benefit would only come from the small proportion of bags that are littered. A more cost-effective approach would be to target littering directly.
But the zealots won, with a plastic bag ban introduced into the ACT. And just as with the so-called ‘green’ mercury-filled compact fluorescent lights, the costs were ignored.
Research from the University of Aberdeen finds that there are significant health risks imposed on those using reusable bags. Professor Pennington said
They [raw meat] shouldn’t be going into Hessian or cotton bags, even if they are wrapped, because the outside of their packages carry bacteria.
Is this some form of Corbell Belly (with apologies to Delhi)?