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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 55 ..


affordability, create green jobs and shift our thinking to truly value care work, I am here for you; to all the Canberrans who believe we are stronger together and that all of us should have the opportunity and support to live a full and meaningful life, I am here for you—because together we will create the future we dream of.

A few last thankyous, because there should always be space for more gratitude in this world: to the Women’s Electoral Lobby, to the community sector organisations I have worked for over the years and to the activist networks I have been part of, thank you for everything you have taught me and please keep telling me where there is work for me to do to make sure nobody is left behind. Thank you to Eva Cox for reminding me that if I really want to make change I cannot always be a good girl. And thank you to Canberra’s roller derby community for helping me find my voice and own my space and where I found out that if I am learning new things and pushing myself I will stack it every now and then. But the scars will be worth it for those moments when I am flying.

I look forward to the next four years of working with and for our Canberra community to make sure that we take care of people and the planet.

Plastic Reduction Bill 2020

Mr Steel, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement, a Human Rights Act compatibility statement and a regulatory impact statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (11.31): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to introduce the Plastic Reduction Bill 2020 in the Assembly, together with the explanatory statement and regulatory impact statement. This bill enacts the ACT government’s policy to phase out single-use plastic in the ACT. The government is committed to taking leadership to responsibly manage our environment and tackling the growing problem of single-use plastic.

This bill will reduce Canberrans’ use of single-use plastic and reduce the impact that plastic has on our environment and our waste management and resource recovery systems. It sends a strong signal to the community about how we use plastic, as well as other single-use products, and will remove a significant number of non-recyclable items from our landfill, waterways and landscapes.

The bill prohibits the supply of identified single-use plastic items and establishes a framework for phasing out other products in the future, replacing the existing Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Act 2010.

The Plastic Reduction Bill is a result of extensive consultation, engagement and collaboration. The Canberra community, industry and business have provided strong


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