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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1882..


Papers

Mr Barr presented the following paper:

Statement of Government policy—The new Extension of Time Fee Framework, dated June 2014.

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Crimes Act, pursuant to section 374—Statutory review of section 374, undated.

Coroners Act, pursuant to subsection 57(5)—Report of Coroner—Deaths of Brody Oppelaar, Justin Williams, Scott Oppelaar and Samantha Ford—

Report, dated 20 January 2014.

Executive response.

Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Act—review

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Act, pursuant to subsection 9(2)—Review of the Plastic Shopping Bags Ban, dated April 2014.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I know members opposite have been waiting for this one. I am pleased to table today the legislative review of the ACT government's Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Act 2010. The act came into effect on 1 November 2011. The act provides for a review of the ban after two years of operation. This review satisfies that requirement. In November 2012 the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate completed an interim review of the ban following the first 12 months of operation. This current review compares and builds on the results of that interim review. The review indicates considerable and ongoing support for the ban.

As part of the 2012 interim review, in September 2012 a telephone survey was conducted for 600 Canberra residents identifying as primary shoppers. A further survey was conducted in March this year. The 2014 survey adopted the same methodology as the 2012 survey so that results could be directly compared. The survey results indicate that consumers have maintained their support for the plastic shopping bags ban. The latest survey results show that support for the ban has increased to 65 per cent, up from 58 per cent in the 2012 survey. Accordingly, the


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