Greens to push bal­loon ban

Pilbara News - - News - Daniel Emer­son

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.

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