Thursday, 12 February 2009

More laws are not always a good idea

According to the Sidney Morning Herald, Liam Sheahan believes that breaking a law may have saved his home and his family. Seven years ago he cleared trees up to 100 metres away from his house, when the council's planning laws only allow trees to be cleared when they are within 6 metres of the house. He was prosecuted for doing so, and fined 50,000 Australian Dollars.

It looks on the face of it that these laws have cost lives.

And one commentator thinks that so called green policies followed by some local government authorities may have been responsible for increasing the death toll.

Raised Hat to Bishop Hill.

1 comment:

patently said...


Is there a lesson there, about people nearest the problem knowing better than distant lawmakers?