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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1610 ..

in the scheme will be required to display a refund marking identifying the container as being eligible for the 10c refund. Members will probably be familiar with the current refund marking from the South Australian and Northern Territory schemes, which reads:

10c 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, as well as Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania, who are developing schemes, a common refund marking has been agreed. It reads:

10c refund at collection depots/points in participating State/Territory of purchase.

All the states and territories are reliant 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.

The need for this bill has arisen from feedback received from the beverage industry. The industry has asked for a two-year transition period to 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 will allow them to use up existing stock, many of which display the current SA-NT refund mark. This two-year transitional period has also been granted in New South Wales, and I understand it is proposed in Queensland.

The government has listened to the beverage industry, and I have put forward 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 until 30 June 2020. The bill will ensure that the beverage industry has certainty and enough time to adjust to the new container labelling requirements of the ACT container deposit scheme. I commend the bill to the Assembly and thank members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Debate resumed from 12 April 2018, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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