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ENVIRONMENT—MOBILE PHONE CHARGERS

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 845—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that the incompatibility of chargers for mobile phones is a major environmental problem that unnecessarily generates significant amounts of electronic waste;

 (b) acknowledges that it is an inconvenience for Australian consumers to acquire a new charger and dispose of the current one each time they want to acquire a new phone;

 (c) recognises that this problem can be fixed by the mobile phone industry working together to harmonise mobile phone chargers; and

 (d) calls on the Government to legislate for the harmonisation of mobile phone chargers in agreement with the mobile phone industry, similar to the agreement that has been reached in Europe.

Senator Cormann, by leave, moved the following amendment:

 Paragraph (d), omit "legislate for", substitute "examine".

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.


Statements by leave: The Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion (Senator Stephens) and Senators Bob Brown and Cormann, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.