Environment

New report punches holes in Morrison’s so-called waste plan

Global recycling market analysis prepared by consulting firm Sustainable Resource Use has warned the Federal Government that Australia may need to increase local recycling processing capability by 400%. This comes at a time when the scale of plastic recycling in Australia is lower now than it was in 2005, and around the country plastic is […]

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Product Stewardship Review: 1000 days and counting

Following confirmation that the Morrison Government’s cornerstone waste project – the National Recycling Investment Fund – was only established this week, we can now add the woefully late review of the Product Stewardship Act to the pile of dormant waste promises made by the Liberals. Announced by then environment Minister Josh Frydenburg on 10 March […]

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Morrison’s “Recycling Investment Fund” is wasting away

In response to Labor’s questions on notice in Senate Estimates, the CEFC advised that: No projects have been financed to date under this Fund, as it does not yet exist. Since the Government announced the Recycling Investment Fund on 3 May, no direction has been given by the responsible Ministers authorising the CEFC to establish the fund that is […]

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Jobs will go offshore if PM fails to support innovation to fix waste crisis

Developed by Dr Len Humphreys and a counterpart from Sydney University, Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, the technology converts plastic back into source materials, including oil. This is a remarkable and promising breakthrough that illustrates the great potential in Australian scientific research and innovation. It should be the basis of better recycling outcomes, a cleaner environment, and […]

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Morrison fails his own test on plastics export ban after talking big at UN

Friday’s Meeting of Environment Ministers communique stated that a plastics export ban will not commence until 2021, with a ban on other materials to wait until 2022, years later than anticipated. Serious doubts also exist in industry as to whether this can be delivered without significant financial support from the Commonwealth. Two-thirds of the government’s so-called recycling investment plan […]

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Meeting of environment ministers is a reminder that this government has no plan for our country

It has been more than a month since Scott Morrison lectured the UN general assembly about recycling and said waste exports would be banned from 2020. In that time, his government’s lack of a recycling plan has already caused this December’s COAG meeting to be cancelled – preventing a whole range of other matters of […]

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Government should stop talking rubbish and take action

This brings to an end the Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce’s threatened detour on the hobby-horse of nuclear energy – a frolic that consisted of a single ‘roundtable’ hearing. But why do we need yet another inquiry when the current waste crisis demands action now?  Barely a year ago (June 2018) the Senate Environment […]

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Prime Minister has no plan for cornerstone policy – Cancels COAG

The Prime Minister used his recycling and plastics agenda as the cornerstone of his so called practical environmentalism, and to justify his comprehensive failure to lower emissions at the United Nations recently. After hanging the Government’s international and domestic credibility on his recycling agenda, the Prime Minister needs to come clean on his cancellation of […]

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UN IPCC SPECIAL OCEANS REPORT

MEDIA RELEASE: UN IPCC Special Oceans Report There is no beating around the bush, the IPCC’s findings are confronting and dangerous for Australia’s future, especially our treasured coastline. Just a few of the projected findings include: Extreme sea level events that used to occur once a century will strike every year on many coasts by […]

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Morrison Government remains key threat to Fremantle’s Threatened Species

A landmark UN report released in May revealed that 1 million species across the globe are at risk of extinction, and Scott Morrison’s solution for Australia was to refer to the passing of a fantasy piece of legislation that didn’t exist. Australia is considered to have one of the worst extinction rates in the world. […]

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