Environment

Review of waste-product stewardship regulation – two years late

Labor welcomes the findings of the review into the Product Stewardship Act (PSA) which is two years late and shows there is much to be done and no time to waste.

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Recycling investment better late than never

Labor welcomes today’s announcement by the government that the Commonwealth will invest $190 million into a Recycling Modernisation Fund through a set of shared funding arrangements with the states, territories, and industry. But it means the Morrison Government has waited more than a year to come forward with any meaningful support to what is clearly a national waste crisis.

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World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is the opportunity to consider the vital and essential role of oceans in sustaining life on our blue planet, and to recognise the harm we are doing to marine ecosystems and our climate through human impact.

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Morrison’s $167 million waste package draws a big blank

The Morrison Government’s signature funding commitments to address Australia’s waste crisis have not advanced a single dollar since they were announced last May, as confirmed in responses to Labor’s questions in Senate Estimates.

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Another missed opportunity, another empty package from the Government on waste

Since that time the government has received a report that indicates there will need to be a 400% increase in recycling infrastructure, and held a Plastic Waste Summit at which no clear policy or funding was announced. The ‘response strategy’ issued yesterday simply restates the details of the government’s $167M so-called Recycling Investment Package, of which $100M […]

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Government’s plastics plan is shiny but flimsy

Since the May election the waste recovery and recycling industry has suffered further blows with the closure of facilities in NSW and Victoria, and the impact of fires on infrastructure in Victoria and WA. In what is becoming a pattern for this government, Scott Morrison’s earnest speech about the scourge of ocean plastic slid over […]

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Clean Up Australia Day

Today, I will be cleaning up at Bardon Park in Maylands on the Swan River foreshore. And while today and every day we can and should all play a part in reducing waste, the greatest scope for change is through national leadership – which is sadly missing from a Morrison Government that continues to offer […]

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States take lead on container deposit scheme

Federal Labor congratulates the Andrews Labor Government on its decision to introduce a container deposit scheme in Victoria. This announcement means that by 2023 all states and territories in Australia will have implemented a scheme of this kind. Across the country, State and Territory Governments are tackling the growing waste crisis – with investment in […]

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Recycling plant closure shows severity of waste crisis

We already know that plastic is being stockpiled around the country, which presents a fire risk – as we’ve seen in Western Australia – and in some cases it’s being sent to landfill. The closure of the second largest recycling facility in Sydney shows that market conditions are getting worse and our existing system is getting weaker […]

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New plan needed for environment

Australia’s most endangered marsupial, Gilbert’s potoroo, was almost burnt to extinction in the fire at Two People’s Bay near Albany in 2015. The species was saved by the courageous firefighting and animal rescue efforts on the day. Since that time the painstaking work of local rangers and the valiant Gilbert’s Potoroo Action Group has stabilised […]

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