Greens to push balloon ban
The Greens, often labelled the fun police, want to formalise the tag by banning balloons throughout WA.
Balloons, drinking straws and micro-beads used in cosmetics and cleaning products are among a range of offending materials the Greens want banned, alongside a Statewide crackdown on plastic bags.
Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Robin Chapple put a private member’s Bill on the Legislative Council notice paper last Wednesday which would fine retailers $5000 for selling or supplying prohibited bags, balloons, beads, plastic straws and polystyrene or polyethylene packaging. Mr Chap- ple said he accepted elements of the community could baulk at a balloon ban but denied the Greens were trying to outlaw fun.
“You can’t have much fun in the ocean if there’s no fish left,” he said.
The Bill’s penalties for sale or supply of prohibited items would target retailers, not individuals.
It contains exemptions for balloons used for medical or healthrelated purposes, such as condoms, and those used for “meteorological purposes” or for “carrying passengers”.
Biodegradable straws would be permitted. The Greens hope to debate the Bill in September but would need Government support to put it to a vote.