The poms were even more pissed off with their councils than we are, so they introduced a cracker of a law about increases to their equivalent of rates.
Dozens of councils are preparing to defy the Governmentâ€™s council tax freeze, including many in Conservative heartlands.
A survey by The Telegraph found that at least 30 Tory-led local authorities are planning to reject demands to freeze tax rates this year.
They are among 60 across England who say they intend to increase bills from April â€” including almost half of the countryâ€™s 27 county councils.
The Government has said councils should help taxpayers with the cost of living and ministers will be particularly concerned in the run-up to the general election in May.
Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, said residents should â€śdemand an explanationâ€ť if councils refused the freeze.
He accused some of being â€śdemocracy dodgersâ€ť for planning to push up rates by 1.99 per cent, shy of the 2 per cent threshold at which they would have to hold a referendum. Â Read more »