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Waste Management Begins At Home - ACT

Waste Management Begins At Home - ACT

Rodney Hide
Friday, 14 July 2006
Press Releases - Environment & Conservation

Proposals from the Greens and Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment to impose levies and charges on waste are punitive, when people could take their own less expensive measures to minimise the waste their households produce, says ACT Leader Rodney Hide.

"These proposals are founded on the socialist belief that government should force other people to change their behaviour", Mr Hide said.

"Real change doesn't come from mere compliance with another new rule, it's when people freely choose to alter their behaviour.

"The Greens are right to be concerned about waste - but government is the biggest waster of all.

"We don't need more bureaucracy, and we certainly don't need more taxes, levies, fees or fines.

"The solution is not more government, but less.

"People who want to minimise waste can take their own simple steps, like recycling plastic supermarket bags and buying products with less packaging.

"It's easy for politicians to wield the blunt threat of waste taxes, but government dictates don't affect the environment - only the actions of individuals and families can do that", Mr Hide said.


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