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Tuesday, January 14, 2003

The Independent Australian MP, Peter Andren, has said that Dr. Robert Hill, the Federal Environment Minister has merely "delayed the inevitable" by rejecting a recommendation to tax plastic bags.

The Minister has instead called on retailers to halve bag usage over the next 2 years.

A disappointed Mr Andren estimated that an extra 6 billion plastic bags would consequently be thrown away due to the Minister opting for a voluntary target rather than binding legislation...

Please see this earlier posting for more details on other countries considering the introduction of plastic bag taxes following the success of such measures in Ireland...