Skip to comments.Tyranny: How to Destroy a Business with Environmental Red Tape
Posted on 09/21/2010 6:30:08 PM PDT by Nipfan
Did you know in Australia its possible to ruin a business if you dont like the way it smells? This is a heartbreaking story that a government could effectively ruin a family by slowly strangling them in red tape, and that they would have apparently no protection from the courts or the ombudsman. It eats away at our sense of justice. Can we speak freely? Are we all treated equally under the law, or are some laws only enforced according to a capricious whim?
This is the price we pay for vague laws where business people can run ventures, do everything to the letter of the law, with best-practice procedures, winning customers and contracts, yet go broke despite all that because of onerous, impossible-to-meet conditions, that are unmeasurable, and change suddenly, with the added bonus of inordinately long delays. At the moment, Janet and Matts farm, Narrogin Beef Producers, lies empty, unstocked, while debts accrue by the minute.
This is also a story of sovereign risk. Investors in Australian industry beware.
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The Thompson's plight also been taken up at WattsUpWithThat and a world-wide collection of more than $28,000 has been raised to help them. However, and outrageously, to my knowledge, not a single news outlet has so much as mention the matter, although its made the top 5 on Wordpress.
What is even more outrageous is that the most likely reason that this is happening to Matt and Janet and their four children is that he made sceptical comments about global warming. After that, bad things started to happen.
If we are going to survive over the next few years we must get rid of a lot of local, state and federal regulations which prohibit people from using their last resources. Most regulations are in place to limit competitiveness in the market (example Louisian requirements to have license to arrange flowers, or Catholic Brothers to make coffins). If we’re hanging on by our toe-nails we’ve got to be able to use our property to make a living. Hence the wisdom of the suburbs — you can grow a garden.