Premier ponders waste levy
QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ruled out imposing a waste levy during the current term of government, but hasn’t ruled out putting one in place if she wins the next election.
It comes after revelations NSW waste companies are shipping tonnes of rubbish over the border to dump it in Queensland, to circumvent the southern state’s waste levy.
Queensland’s former LNP government scrapped the state’s $35 per tonne waste levy in 2012, describing it as a burden on the state’s businesses.
The Labor government has refused to reinstate the charge, even though many claim it would immediately fix the interstate dumping problem.
Ms Palaszczuk ruled out imposing a levy this term but said she would look at the situation after that.
“I made a commitment to the people of Queensland that under my government this term we would not put in place any new fees taxes or charges, and I keep my promises,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Wednesday.
“I will have discussions with the industry, I want to look at what other levers of government are open for me to apply to stop this dumping of NSW waste.”