If the tap is leaking then it is the responsibility …

Comment on The Desert Knowledge upstairs-downstairs dilemma by Matt Campbell.

If the tap is leaking then it is the responsibility of Territory Housing to fix it, just like if the tap is leaking in the house I own it is my responsibility as the landlord to fix it (not the tenant). You can’t have these things both ways. If the government owns the house, then they are the ones who need to fix things when they break (this is different for the washing machine which is a private good). If we are going to focus on responsibility then it needs to be clear who is responsible for what and do our accounting accordingly.

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