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|Regulator / Policy Analyst||31%||69%|
Key Disagreements[pending more comment data]
"This is in response to Anthony's point about how "The ban on shisha highlights the inconsistency of government policies". I do believe that the government has made it sufficiently clear that they are banning it, not because they see it as more harmful than drinking or smoking, more like they dont want it to become a culture entrenched in the country, and stop it before it starts to grow rooted in Singapore.
The writer has also downplayed the extremely negative health effects of shisha and seems to be arguing in a small scope and in an extremely biased state. This writer would encourage him to rethink his views."
"Even if we accept that shisha is very unhealthy, a complete ban is an overreaction.
The appropriate reaction would have better balanced the two opposing principles at play here. On the one hand, people should be able to choose what they do. On the other, if those choices lead to harm to other people or other societal costs, the government may need to step in.
A complete ban basically tosses out the first principle in favor of the second. A more balanced reaction would have been, in order:
1) to educate the consumer about the dangers of shisha to himself and those near to him
2) to use other sorts of "nudges" to discourage shisha smoking, such as requiring the same gory images on cigarette packages to be displayed
3) to use taxation to make shisha smoking more expensive
4) to introduce a partial ban, either in terms of hours of location
Only after 1-4 is shown to be insufficient (because the public harm outweighed the private benefits) should a complete ban have been considered. We haven't even heard any reason why 1-4 wouldn't have worked. So the government has overreacted on this one."
Key Consensus Areas[pending more comment data]
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Key DisagreementsCustomers were divided on whether Uber was as safe and reliable as regular taxis or not.
Key Consensus AreasCommenters generally agreed that the existing taxi services could be improved, in terms of the number of taxis available during peak hours.
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#1: Improve Dispute Resolution
|#2: Create A Family Justice Court||0%||100%|
Key DisagreementsCommenters were divided on whether the reforms were sufficient to address the problems raised.
"Dragging a family through a long, messy, and sometimes public dispute will never help them heal their wounds; it only widens the rifts. There must be better - and less messier - dispute mechanisms available to families. "
Key Consensus AreasThere was consensus that Recommendation #1 was worth pursuing.
We received 2 arguments and 26 votes, in these categories: public transport user, taxpayer, and observer / analyst.
Key DisagreementsPublic Transport Users were divided on whether a private transport system would be more cost-effective or more costly.
Key Consensus AreasCommenters generally agreed that the public transportation system was inexpensive compared to other countries, but could be improved further.
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