Another day, another thing that could be banned

There have been some notable ‘bans’ in Australia’s history. From the gun controls after the Port Arthur Massacre to the

There have been some notable ‘bans’ in Australia’s history.

From the gun controls after the Port Arthur Massacre to the recent (and subsequently overturned) ban on greyhound racing in New South Wales, each one brings with it fierce campaigns for and against, and each one comes with the same claims that our politicians are turning us into a “nanny state”.

While some bans can make sense for health and safety reasons, for those of us more mature folk, some of the bans seem to just be crazy.

After all, we’re the generation who played with lead toys, lived in houses that had asbestos in them and rode around the streets on our bikes without helmets on.

Did you read the other day about a Heinz ad being banned because it showed people drumming on baked bean cans?

Apparently it was banned because viewers could cut themselves on used cans copying the ad.

Then of course there’s the bans on everything from where you can smoke to where you can drink, where you can take your pets, what you can wear when entering certain clubs and casinos and many, many more.


So, what are they talking about banning this time?

Well,  the Queensland Government is proposing a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.

The ABC reported on Friday that the plan, supported by Labor and the LNP, would see single use plastic bags banned by 2018.

And Queensland is pushing for New South Wales and Victoria to follow suit to create an “east coast ban”.

South Australia, the Northern Territory, the ACT and Tasmania all have plastic bag bans already.

So in an age when we hear constantly about cutting red tape from politician, there are still endless restrictions and bans on certain things.

Does it ever make you wonder when it will stop? Where is the line in the sand?

What do you think about this?







  1. Guy Flavell  

    I reckon it’s a pretty good idea. The single use plastic bags really are an environmental hazard to
    our waterways and wildlife. Yeah, I know they’re quite handy when out shopping or carting stuff around but we should be logically thinking to the future re these little monsters.
    I believe ALDI have the answer with those huge heavy duty plastic bags they sell at their
    checkouts for around 20c. They seem to be able to be reused countless times before needing
    replacement. They’re also great for kids’ overnight stays, footie gear, etc. Why not pay $2 for ten
    of them and keep them in the boot of your car for all your shopping ?
    Let’s get rid of the single use bags as they really are way past their ‘use-by’ date.

    • Carmel  

      I very rarely use single shop bags. In my car boot I keep a few shopping bags I have accumulated over the years I also have a fold up one in my handbag that I use if I drop into the supermarket for a few things.There is no need for plastic bags if people took their own

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  2. Margaret Mason  

    There are plenty of places elsewhere in the world where these have been banned for many years. I encountered it in Germany in 2000 and some supermarkets in New Zealand in 2001. We keep a couple of ‘green bags’ in the car and I almost always remember to put in enough extra for bigger shopping excursions. So it is just a matter of being ‘organised’ – and that helps save the environment. I have heard the argument that they are re-used for rubbish. However, why can’t we go back to the days before these – and use boxes and heavy paper bags to pack groceries and newspaper to wrap food scarps etc before putting in the bin? But – I guess not everyone buys newspapers these days. I am sure some company will come up with a paper based product pretty quickly!

  3. It is good for the environment and necessary. We have had it in SA and it is amazing how quickly people adjust.

  4. [email protected]  

    As usual the words Nanny State are used by the ignorant. I have recently sailed around Indonesia and there was plastic bags everywhere destroying the pristine waters and beaches. Remember the string bags that mum sent you shopping with? Bike helmets is another one that annoys me. The push for compulsory bike helmets came from the doctors and surgeons who were sick to seeing to many on our youth with permanent brain damage. If you want to ride with out a helmet then sign a waver to indicate that you are to have no medical treatment if you come off the bike. You are very fortunate to survive Asbestos and lead. again the medical research was carefully documented before legislation. I suggest some research next time. BTW 33,000 people are killed each in the Good Ole USA with fire arms. Cannot ever let that happen here.

  5. Val  

    I’m from Tasmania. We have had a the ban for a while now. I just keep half a dozen folded nylon bags in my back pack and they are always there for when I need them. The ban of single use shopping bags has been pretty painless for Tasmania and me and there are very good environmental reasons for the ban. Let’s get it across all of Austrlaia

  6. N.Hodgson  

    Who is telling the politicians what and what not to ban in an effort to have more control over the peoples of the world.

    • [email protected]  

      you are via the ballot box.

  7. Rob Ozanne  

    There is no such thing as single use plastic bags, just people who throw them away after single use !

  8. John  

    When legislation replaces common sense we are in the Nanny State! Sadly, we are over regulated. Travel through Europe and you will understand! In the case of single use plastic bags, they should be banned, but the states should have worked together to agree on a blanket National ban, instead of the some do some don’t situation we have!

  9. Pamela  

    I save my single use shopping bags to use as kitchen tidy liners.

    Saves buying packets or rolls of them at extra cost.

    They all go to land-fill (tho we have little rubbish and recycle much else) and rot down fairly quickly these days.

  10. Susan  

    I live in France and they are in the process of being banned here, the big plastic bags are and the cashiers can’t use little thin ones either, so if i need something in a plastic bag (smelly cheese for example) I take a plastic bag from the fruit and vegetable stand. Yes, I use them as bin liners, as doggy bags – although now, in France, it is the law for restaurants to supply doggy bags on request – and I use them to collect up my dogs’ extrement if deposited in an inappropriate place. Think that’s the extent of their use. If not they go into the plastic, paper and tin can recycle bin we are given here in France.

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