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Inconvenient economics

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-07-16

The courts have correctly crossed out the "annoyance" part of the NSW legislation that panders to WCYD, but left in the "inconvenience" bit.  But how is inconvenience measured?

If we consider dollars, I’d imagine the inconvenience of any traffic snarls and restriction of movement caused by WCYD on the majority of normal people engaged in productive economic activity is much worse than the inconvenience to a few tourists.  Are any economists among you able to guesstimate this?

So, would the NSW parliament outlaw the inconvenience to Moslems observing Ramadan, attempting to fast during the day, when their stomachs complain about being hungry as they pass by a food shop and cop a whiff of wonderful-smelling food?  Would the public accept such a law?

What about the inconvenience to me on Saturdays when I want to eat a nice hot latke (a yummy potato pancake) from my local kosher bakery and find it shut?  Or is that merely annoying?

And what about the inconvenience, pain and suffering to normal people that could have been avoided if the millions given away to a religious minority had instead been directed to improving services for the majority (such as improving transport and hospitals)?

What about the inconvenience (if the Pope’s and Pell’s messages are heeded) by overcrowded delivery wards?  Will the RC church throw the extra money required at our health service?

Or are RC pilgrims easily perturbed, even though they are supposed to be more-than-usually tolerant, patient, and giving if following the dictates of their holy books?

Does the NSW government intend to provide objective metrics to define inconvenience thresholds under the law – as they define objective metrics for other offences worth a $5k fine – like they do for offences that are much more important, but attract lower fines (e.g. vehicle speeds and blood alcohol concentrations for drivers)?


One Response to “Inconvenient economics”

  1. zombinol said

    Is it the NSW Parliament or the NSW Labor party at play here? From my limited knowledge the NSW Government is a misnomer, what exactly is the NSW Government? how would you sue it, its a fiction, just like the Australian Government, who authorise a lot of propoganda!

    So whoever it is that is levelling $5K fines is obviously not very Christian, what about turning the other cheek!

    In the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says:

    You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
    —Matthew 5:38-42, NIV

    A parallel version is offered in the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke:

    But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
    —Luke 6:27-31. NIV

    These passages are viewed as promoting nonresistance, pacifism or nonviolence.

    The Pope and Pell must be fuming at the laws or don’t they care as a good Christian shouldn’t!

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