Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . .
Each beverage container which is an eligible part of the scheme will be required to display a refund marking identifying the container as being eligible for a 10-cent refund. Members will probably be familiar with the current refund marking from the South Australian and Northern Territory schemes which reads:
10 cent refund at SA/NT collection depots in State/Territory of purchase.
In consultation with New South Wales, South Australia, and the Northern Territory, who already have similar schemes, and Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania, who are developing schemes, a common refund marking has been agreed. It reads:
10 cent refund at collection points/depots in participating State/Territory of purchase.
The need for this bill has arisen from feedback received from the beverage industry and its key stakeholders. The industry has asked for a two-year transition period for the new common refund marking. This will allow manufacturers and retailers, large and small, to carefully plan and budget for a change to their container labels and allow them to use up existing stock, much of which has the existing South Australian and Northern Territory refund marking.
The government has listened to the beverage industry, and I present this bill to make a minor amendment to the commencement provisions of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Amendment Act 2017 to allow for this two-year transitional period. The bill will ensure that the beverage industry has certainty, and enough time, to adjust to the new container labelling requirements of the container deposit scheme.
This two-year transitional period has also been granted in New South Wales and I understand it is also proposed in Queensland. All the states and territories are aligned on this requirement ensuring that beverage manufacturers, retailers and all suppliers have a single refund marking printed on their containers, regardless of where they are sold in Australia.
I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Ms Lawder) adjourned to the next sitting.
Domestic Animals Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
Debate resumed from 22 March 2018, on motion by Ms Fitzharris:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (11.15): I say at the outset that we will be supporting The Domestic Animals Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 today. The amendment bill amends the Domestic Animals Act 2000 and the Domestic Animals Regulation 2001 and makes amendments to the Domestic Animals (Racing Greyhounds) Amendment Act 2017 to align amendments made to the legislation with respect to
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