Australian states seek federal ban on plastic bags

Posted on July 28, 2012 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

Plastics News – Australian states seek federal ban on plastic bags.

The politics in Australia make it very difficult to get any legislation through.   They have a  federal government and each state has its own state government.   The federal government and the state governments tend to be opposite parties.  If the federal goes to Labour (democrat), the states move to Liberal (republican).  Hence partisan politics tend to dominate, what the federal govt ties to do the states oppose it out of spite, little to do with is it good for the state or not.  So getting laws like this passed is very difficult whether it is good for the country or not.  Even at the state level, there are cases where 90% of the voters want these type environmental benefitting laws passed, but the state government doesn’t pass it due to partisan politics and corporate lobbying funds. 

Banning plastic bags is a necessary move for the Australian environment and resource protection.  There is a parallel bill in federal government to put a container deposit law in place offering a 10 cent refund on any containers.  Yet the Liberal states are opposing it all the while this has very wide scale public support.

It is not clear, even to many government people, what the states powers and limitations are and what the federal governments powers are.   This makes it convenient for politicians to pass the blame on to someone else for their inaction.

All the while it is the general public who lose out on the benefits if these type laws were to get passed.