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July 5, 2003

I meant to mention this yesterday. It says that the Bracks Labor Government in Victoria has announced that:

"All new Victorian homes will have to have solar hot water or rainwater tanks under building regulation changes to be announced today."

The report says that the "changes are part of the State Government's mandatory five-star energy standards to come into full force in July 2005."

And the old homes? Should not they be encouraged to convert?

It should be South Australia leading the way on shifting the policy compass to sustainability, not dragging its heels.

Libertarians will dislike the mandatory bit. They will see the heavy hand of the environmental state crushing human freedom to do as we please. But the mandatory bit is required for the sake of the common good.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 5:21 PM | | Comments (0)