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Thursday, 11 October 2012
Page: 7969


Senator WHISH-WILSON (Tasmania) (11:54): I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move:

That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 22 November 2012:

The pricing and revenue allocation practices of the beverage industry in the container deposit schemes operating in South Australia and the Northern Territory, including:

(a) management of the operation of container deposit schemes in South Australia and the Northern Territory;

(b) the cost structure of the beverage industry's involvement in these container deposit schemes;

(c) the use of unredeemed deposits and unused handling and transport fees;

(d) alternative scheme structures which ensure beverage producers cannot pass on unreasonable costs from these recycling schemes if such schemes are implemented in additional states or nationally;

(e) structures to ensure schemes managed under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 do not result in producers passing on unreasonable costs; and

(f) any other related matters.

Question agreed to.