Without a genuine plan for the long-term future of recycling in Victoria, Daniel Andrews is just throwing good money after bad and hoping Victoria’s recycling crisis will fix itself.
Today’s announcement from Labor is more of the same lack of vision and genuine action that’s seen Victoria’s recycling crisis getting worse, not better.
Labor claims it will review its bin tax to “…consider the current and future effectiveness as an economic instrument for influencing waste management practices…”. But it’s just another way of saying Labor wants to dig deeper into the pockets of Victorian taxpayers.
Labor’s bin tax increased by 45 per cent between 2015/16 and 2017/18 and now Daniel Andrews wants to tax Victorians even more.
Labor said it would use this money to support the development of a sustainable recycling industry, but instead it’s sitting on it and refusing to use it to identify a long-term solution.
Over the same three years, $155 million has been paid to the EPA, $53 million has been paid to Sustainability Victoria and $25 million to Parks Victoria. But only $26 million was paid to the waste and resource recovery groups who actually do the work.
Labor’s been in government for 16 of the last 20 years.
The Andrews Government must stop hiding away from this crisis and work constructively with industry to find a sustainable solution.
David Morris MP
Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change