Premier pon­ders waste levy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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