Of the Geelong Cats’ 36 premiership points, 12 were obtained illegally. As the Geelong Advertiser somehow discovered (not from Terra Publica), it’s against the law to play Sunday sport at Kardina Park. (Geelong’s home ground). Offenders are liable to a fine of £5, which for persistent offenders rises to £10.
The regulations in question were gazetted in 1930, and stood until a week after the article appeared, when they were suddenly revoked by a Special Gazette dated 15 June 2010.
Meanwhile, regulations for Lincoln Square, Carlton continue to prohibit the singing of obscene ballads, and regulations for Melbourne’s King’s Domain prohibit jogging (on Sunday), or lying on the grass (on any day).
Why do regulations under the Crown Land (Reserves)Act 1978 survive? Where is the process for their review? Why do we have to wait for an embarrassment to the Minister before DSE gets around to acting? These regulations are not statutory rules. They do not sunset after 10 years, as is the case with all modern regulations, including Council Local Laws. The bigger problem is not their immortality, but the very need for most of them to exist at all.
What to do? Here are four strategic options:
- The status quo strategy: deal with archaic regulations one-by-one, if and when they’re discovered by the media and turn into embarrassments for the Minister
- Strategy number two: rescind them all now (not recommended: some may still be necessary)
- Strategy number three: convert them all to statutory rules (not recommended if they were then all to sunset simultaneously)
- Strategy number four: work through them reserve by reserve, on a regional or municipal basis, through some appropriately transparent process. It may be a task suitable for the incoming Victorian Natural Resource and Catchment Council.
At the sametime, the VNRCC could take a look at a heap of redundant Acts (do we really need the Jeparit Land Act of 1922?) and Crown reserve purposes (like the carpark alongside Luna Park, which is reserved for the recreation of elderly persons and underground drainage. No kidding).
But let’s hope they leave untouched the King’s Domain regulation prohibiting the breaking in of wild horses. If we are going to allow people to lie on the grass after a spot of Sunday jogging, we wouldn’t want them to be trampled underfoot.