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Tasmanian Liberals backflip puts national Cash-for-Container scheme at risk

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Senator Whish-Wilson responds to Tasmanian Liberal Party comments that they will oppose any Cash-for-Container schemes.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Tasmanian Liberals unthinking opposition to a Cash-for-Containers scheme puts at risk years of effort by state and federal governments to finally solve a piece of Australia's litter and waste puzzle."

Yesterday, Deputy Leader of Tasmanian Liberal Party, Jeremy Rockliff, used Clean Up Australia Day as a platform to say that the Liberals would oppose any scheme.

Senator Whish-Wilson continued, “Environment Ministers from across the country are meeting to discuss establishing a national scheme in the coming months. The Tasmanian Liberals are now out of step with their interstate colleagues on this.”

“The Tasmanian Liberals once supported a Cash-for-Containers scheme for our state. What has changed?

“Lobbyist and former Liberal staffer Alistair Furnival once represented the Beverage Council, the lead player in efforts to scuttle a Cash-for-Containers scheme.

"The only thing preventing this ‘no brainier’ solution to beverage industry pollution is the profit-seeking behaviour of a few powerful big businesses, and their tireless lobby groups.

“The Tasmanian Liberals should listen to Tasmanians and stand up to the bullying of corporate lobbyists, and get behind a job-creating and self-funding container deposit scheme.

“The Liberals need to come clean on why they have changed their tune and fess up about what other election policies they have outsourced to special interests ahead of community interests,” Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.

 

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