Treasurer Joe Hockey is planning to fine Australian residents for taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge.
The ALS fundraising campaign for motor neuron disease has become the latest social media craze, with celebrities, musicians and sports stars posting videos of themselves online.
While Australia’s decade long drought, which saw water restrictions introduced in many capital cities, is over, many metropolitan areas still restrict water usage including Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.
Mr Hockey has this week announced plans to fine those who take part in the challenge, in a bold bid to boost government coffers. He has argued that, while raising money for a good cause, the challenge is a tremendous waste of water and breaches the water restriction laws and those who take part should be fined.
Departmental staff have been instructed to search social media sites and identify anybody taking part and when identified, infringement notices will be issued.
Individuals face fines of up to $200, while businesses can be expected to pay $500. Mr Hockey expects the crackdown to raise up to $10 million.