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Australia can't afford an Abbott Government failure to deliver the “cash-for-containers” economic windfall

Today Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson called on Environment Minister Greg Hunt to outline his new plan for delivering the economic, social, and environmental windfalls of a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) given the Standing Council on Environment and Water (SCEW) was disbanded this month.

“With up to 3,000 jobs and $500 million in sustainable investment at stake nationally, on top of the millions to be saved by local governments across Australia, Minister Hunt needs to immediately outline how he will get this process back on track,” Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

“As Environment Minister, Greg Hunt knows CDS, or 'cash-for-containers', is good for our ecosystems, oceans, and wildlife, and as a member of the Abbott Government he should care about jobs, investment, and savings.

“This month we saw the release of an independent consultants report for the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) that showed CDS could mean $26.8 million over 20 years to Tasmania and possibly even more to local governments on the mainland.

“This latest independent report follows on from other investigations, including an Australian Greens Senate Inquiry, which collectively and comprehensibly show that a national CDS will not only be good for our environment but will be a boon for jobs and social enterprise.

“The economic windfall outlined in the LGAT report hinges on a ‘Decision Regulatory Impact Statement’ (DRIS) that is overdue from SCEW, however this COAG council has just been disbanded on Greg Hunt's watch.

“The message is getting out that CDS is in the national interest on so many fronts and the final nails are being hammered into the coffin of the corporate lobbyists who have been behind the misleading advertising spun for their own selfish interests.

“The five year investigation into a national CDS is sitting on Minister Hunt’s desk and he must get it back on track for the sake of our environment and economy,” concluded Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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