In my opinion we’re (Tasmanian’s) are being bullied into accepting another tax in the form of a levy on plastic shopping bags. I’ve tried to raise Tasmanian interest in this by writing to Editors of our local newspapers to no avail. Too many words I’m told but to reduce it to the required 150 words would emasculate it.
I would just like to know What is it with Tasmanian’s? We’re being shafted by food retailers who want to charge us for providing a receptacle to carry our groceries home in. Ever since I can remember grocers have provided a bag. In the early days it was a sturdy brown paper type but they were dispensed with, in favour of flimsy plastic units, to “save the trees”. In reality of course, plastic was a cheaper option for shop keepers. In any case, plastic or paper, the cost was a business expense that was added to the cost of service, just like wages for sales staff, and paid for by customers. The average two person family spends some $150-$200/week on food (families with children spend exponentially more) and may require 5/6 bags. Now grocers want to charge us 10 cents/bag or .03% of the cost of our buy. Infinitesimal it may be but we just “suck it up”.
Actually the Labor/Greens inspired legislation does not require a charge to be levied only that any bag supplied must be Compostable biodegradable plastic bags (AS 4736 compliant). Or Paper bags and bags made of natural fibres Food retailers and government are practising some form of “behaviour modification” on us and we tacitly allow it. Cynically, Coles and Woolworths provide bags for their online shoppers? As soon as they (grocers) feel that 10 cents is acceptable it will be increased, just like Carbon Tax – another Labor/Green inspired brain snap.
This is another outrageous impost on us and one that does not serve any real purpose, especially one that does anything to benefit the ecosystem or animals (again think “carbon tax”). I note with some scepticism that the small single use plastic bags supplied for fresh produce etc. are not legislated against but are far more dangerous to animals? The number of plastic bags that end-up in the ocean thereby endangering turtles compared to the number of bags used is beyond any form of sensible computation. Of course manufacturer’s of plastic bags love it! They will end up selling more bags for our rubbish.
Forcing us to re-use a bag is extremely dangerous and potentially very unhealthy. The food experts tell us not to associate or use the same implement to cut/prepare chicken and red meats but food retailers and our State Government, both of whom should know better, want us to reuse bags that are loaded with bacteria. This is not as simple and a benign event as the casual observer might believe. If we don’t object in as strident and forceful manner as permitted under law, then we will be consigned to history as a pathetic bunch, a journey that is already well advanced according to Mainland Australian discourse. We are fast becoming a laughing stock.