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Category: Environment

Increased Penalties for Waste Dumps – Why has it taken two Years?

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (17:18:49): I am pleased to join this debate on the Dangerous Goods Amendment (Penalty Reform) Bill 2019, which, as the title suggests, is about increasing the penalties on a range of offences and creating a new offence of reckless conduct in respect of dangerous goods. I think it was interesting listening to the member for Footscray. You get a sense of the impact of each of these incidents on the affected communities, and

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SKM Warehouse Clean-up

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (12:21:30): My question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Last sitting week the minister confirmed that a $10 million loan had been extended to the SKM receivers to clear out the accumulated recyclables at four company facilities. The minister said, and I quote, ‘our priority is to get those dangerous stockpiles cleared up’. Minister, why are the stockpiles at these four SKM facilities more dangerous than those at other

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Emission Reductions – Renewable Energy is only one answer

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (16:23:22): I am delighted to join this debate on the Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Amendment Bill 2019, a three-page bill to amend a 10-page act. The current act passed the Parliament in December 2017, and that established the renewable energy targets that we already have in place: the 25 per cent for 2020 and 40 per cent for 2025. This bill will extend that target to 50 per cent by 2030.

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Waste and Recycling Management – $10 million bail-out

The SPEAKER: Order! When the house comes to order—with the assistance of the Premier. Order! Mr MORRIS: Thank you, Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. At a meeting in February 2018 SKM pleaded with the minister for safeand temporary storage of recycling material. Why didn’t the minister act on this plea 18 months ago? Ms D’AMBROSIO (Mill Park—Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Solar Homes) (12:14):

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Flora & Fauna Protection Needs Action as well as Legislation

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (10:28:36): I am pleased to open the debate on behalf of the Liberal and National parties in the Parliament on the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Amendment Bill 2019.An amendment of what is now a fairly long-in-the-tooth act, the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. The intention of this bill, as the introduction tells us, is to establish new objectives and principles of the act—so, replace principles of the act, and I will

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Banning Plastic Supermarket Bags

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (13:32:16): It is a pleasure to rise to open the debate on behalf of the coalition on the  Environment   Protection  Amendment Bill 2019 which, as the long title tells us, is a bill to amend the  Environment   Protection  Act 1970 to prohibit the provision of certain plastic bags and to prevent the provision of misleading information relating to plastic bags and to make technical and consequential amendments to the  Environment Protection Amendment

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Victoria’s recycling sector wasting away under Labor

Background For more than two years Daniel Andrews and his Labor Government have known that Victoria’s recycling services were in trouble. The crisis continues to worsen, with reports today that more than 30 councils will be forced to send thousands of tonnes of recycling to landfill if the Andrews Government fails to resolve ongoing problems in the sector. It was two years ago when China confirmed its intention to ban the import of mixed paper

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Daniel Andrews plots the demise of Victoria’s iconic bathing boxes

Victoria’s bathing boxes decorating our beaches are much loved by locals and tourists alike, but under a new Labor plan they’ll be ripped off our beaches. The Draft Marine and Coast Policy report released earlier this month by Daniel Andrews’ Environment Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, states that bathing boxes are “to be removed/relocated as the opportunity arises.” This is a dramatic departure from the former Liberal Nationals Government’s plans to retain bathing boxes. Not only are

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Daniel Andrews’ recycling crisis set to get worse

Victoria’s recycling crisis is set to get worse as it has now been revealed more than 22,000 tonnes of household recycling was dumped into landfill earlier this year. Under questioning from the Liberal Nationals during the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, the Andrews Labor Government was forced to reveal on Tuesday the extraordinary waste from our first recycling crisis. The 22,000 tonnes of recycling sent to landfill is the equivalent of all the garbage collected

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Community views ignored in Labor’s ‘lock and leave’ VEAC report

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) has released its final Central West Investigation report into public land use at Victoria’s Wombat, Wellsford, Mount Cole and Pyrenees Range forests and it raises more questions than answers. The Liberal Nationals support a broad and diverse system of national, state and regional parks and reserves throughout Victoria and it is critical that all public land is given the resources required to ensure it is not left to become

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