Originally Posted by RaymondR
Whilst this is true for private individuals and commercial
entities local governments appear to have exemptions. I have seen numerous reports of fairly massive sewage spillages and have yet to hear of any government
in Australia being taken to court or fined over them.
Whilst Australia is one of the best run countries in the world it still has some serious faults with it's justice and regulatory systems. There is an ongoing inquiry which has identified numerous instances of criminal activities involving former officials of various organizations who wield influence in the polity, don't hold your breath waiting for them to be prosecuted.
Richmond Vally council was fined $8000 in just June this year for a sewage spill.
I can't say I recall
many sewage spills that result in fines from the EPA, but if you google
'EPA fines council', it seems pretty common for councils to get find for various things.
I'm guessing the Launceston council must have some ability to get out of trouble as they never seem to get in any trouble with dumping in the river. But the Hobart City Council seems to get scrutinised from time to time.