It’s not like it’s big brother or anything….
“To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. …" ― P J Proudhon
There is a great deal of virtue in the user pays principle but this is ridiculous. Qld. Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Greg Hallam das devised a plan to use technology to track motorists and tax them:
BIG Brother may soon know exactly where and when you drive your vehicle, what roads you use, how fast you go, where you park and for how long and the identities of all the people you visit.Demand management is a far different idea to user pays. User pays means that you pay for that proportion of a service or asset that you access; demand management is the use of heavy charges to cause a drop in the use of facilities. The latter is heavily favored by governments, the result being that water, which covers 70% of the earth’s surface, is rationed by government monopolies.
Every detail of your motoring and associated business and social life would be recorded and the information used to tax you, if the State Government adopts a new road funding plan apparently advanced by Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Greg Hallam. The comments sparked outrage at this week's Gympie Regional Council meeting.
Cr Ian Petersen said Mr Hallam had been quoted as saying: "Governments can't afford new infrastructure... so what we need to look at is a demand management approach.
"We've got to think differently; abolish all existing road user charges and introduce technology to track how far and where drivers go," Mr Hallam was reported as saying in a Brisbane newspaper.