The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA), a 75,000+ member national grassroots advocacy group representing the nation’s taxpayers, today condemned WA Commerce Minister Bill Johnston’s call for a ban on the sale of portable backyard pools.
“A ban on portable pools is an unnecessary intrusion into the lives of hardworking West Australian families.” Said Satya Marar, ATA Director of Policy. “It is a regressive ban which will deny poor and middle-class families access to affordable backyard pools, thereby denying their children the great experiences and memories otherwise only available to kids from richer families who can afford expensive ground pools on their property.”
“Hardworking taxpayers don’t fund politicians so they can keep dreaming up creative ways to intrude into our lives while denying us our basic freedom of choice and right to exercise personal responsibility.”
“The portable pool ban would join a long list of intrusive nanny state regulations in WA, including a ban on selling proven safer alternatives to cigarettes such as vapes, and needless and overly burdensome liquor store and bar regulations. These paternalistic and often irrational policies are a handbrake on small business, jobs and consequently, the state’s economic prosperity. They also needlessly patronise hardworking and responsible West Australian adults who are entitled to far more respect than that which is afforded to them by the public servants, bureaucrats and pollies who introduce such laws.”
NOTE: The ATA’s submission to the WA Legislative Council inquiry on personal responsibility and community safety can be found here. The report canvasses a number of undesirable, counter-intuitive and burdensome examples of Western Australia’s nanny state and calls for the repeal of these laws.