Latest column here. About which reader Art Vandelay emails:
You may be interested to know that the hippies over at the Federal Environment Department commissioned a study on the economic impact of banning shopping bags.
As you can see from page 10, every policy they considered seriously leads to massive net costs to the Australian community – most around $1 billion. This is based on very generous assumptions that plastic bags are actually littered in significant amounts (they aren’t – for example, most plastic products that hurt sealife are dumped from ships and aren’t plastic bags but this doesn’t stop the environmental lobby counting these deaths of marine animals as caused by ‘bags’).
Naturally, the State governments and now the Federal ALP are seriously considering such a policy …