3 of the Weirdest Tax Laws from History

Throughout history and around the world, taxes have been created, changed and removed in response to changing times and an ever-evolving society. It's only with hindsight that we can look back and recognize some of the weirdest tax laws for what they are. The following is only a small sample of historically weird taxes. If you're ever feeling stressed or […]

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State toughens building laws to ban combustible cladding

The state government has changed the Building Act to ban dangerous cladding on new multistorey properties, in the latest clampdown on shonky practices. Planning Minister Richard Wynne announced a prohibition – effective from Monday – on the use of combustible materials, replacing previous looser guidelines, with non-compliant builders now risking fines of up to $400,000. The 2014 blaze at the […]

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New public drunkenness laws to focus on health, not police response

Victorians who are drunk in public will no longer be incarcerated and police should play as little a role in their treatment as possible under recommendations for new laws aimed at decriminalising public drunkenness in Victoria. A government-commissioned report recommends "safe places" be set up that include first-response medical staff and equipment, culturally appropriate processes, sobering services for long-term recovery […]

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