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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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Live sheep export must end

It took this government six years to acknowledge and fix their mistake in removing Labor’s reform, to create an Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports, but with all their talk of imposing proper regulation on an industry that has been a serial offender in terms of committing gross and grave animal welfare failures, there is let-off after let-off after let-off that follows breach after breach after failure.

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We can do better on childcare

In my electorate of Fremantle, there are 75 childcare facilities that provide early education to nearly 6,000 families and 7½ thousand children. Many of these families are dealing with the acute economic impacts of the coronavirus, and those impacts have been hardest on low-income families and hardest on women.

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Labor’s plain tobacco packaging win

Mr Wilson (1:30pm) – Deputy Speaker, we should celebrate the fact that Australia has won the case at the World Trade Organisation in relation to our plain packaging tobacco reforms introduced by Julia Gillard in 2012.

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Great Barrier Reef tourism support

Like the university sector and the arts and creative industries, our businesses and workers in the tourism and events sector are not seen for the true value of their contribution. The government’s economic response to the pandemic, unfortunately, reflects that blind spot.

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Live export exemption another failure

The fact that an exemption is even being considered is entirely the fault of the live exporters. Choosing to run a ship that was riddled with coronavirus so close to the deadline with no proper health or contingency planning is just another example of how the live sheep export industry operates. But why would it change when there is an endless supply of second chances?

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June Hutchison OAM

I cannot think of a better model of engaged and principled citizenship than June Hutchison. She influenced and inspired the civic participation of many people in my community over a long period of time and I’m very glad to be one of those people.

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Social license missing from Coalition’s nuclear push

If we know anything about nuclear technology, we know that it relies upon toxic radioactive material and it generates toxic radioactive waste. That’s why there are serious engineering challenges in relation to waste and that’s why there are quite legitimately very serious issues in relation to social licence around nuclear technology. People are wary of it, especially of nuclear waste, and they should be. We have to get towards a long-term disposal solution, and yet this bill raises two serious questions about how the government wants to take us there.

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Environment grants a timely boost to local conservation

A number of endangered species and threatened ecological communities throughout the Fremantle electorate will benefit from much-needed local conservation efforts this winter, with support from the Communities Environment Programme.

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