Wednesday 14 October 2020

        

Liberal Nationals fight to dump Labor’s toxic laws

Today the Victorian Liberal Nationals are fighting to disallow and dump Labor’s toxic soil regulations in the Victorian Parliament.

 

In July this year, the Andrews Labor Government sneakily introduced new regulations to allow foreign-owned construction companies to dump tens of thousands of tonnes of toxic PFAS soil on the doorsteps of Victorian communities for free.

 

The Andrews Labor Government rushed through these toxic regulations in secret after contractors at the Labor Government’s disaster plagued West Gate Tunnel Project, threatened to walk off the job because it had nowhere to dump its toxic PFAS soil.

 

The Labor Government has bypassed community consultation on these toxic laws, which:

  • Drastically reduce environmental protections, scrapping the need for a licence to hold toxic soil;

  • Reduce buffer zones between toxic soil dumping sites and schools and homes, risking the health and wellbeing of thousands of people in Bacchus Marsh and Bulla; and,

  • Remove appeal rights for communities to challenge the government on new toxic dumping sites.

 

Furthermore, in a massive kick in the guts to every Victorian doing it tough after Labor’s disastrous mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Andrews Government has exempted contractors from paying hundreds of millions of dollars in landfill levies to dispose of toxic tunnel soil. This means foreign-owned tunnel contractors will not pay a cent, leaving it to every Victorian taxpayer to pick up the tab on cleaning up Labor’s toxic environmental mess.

 

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Bridget Vallence:

 

“Daniel Andrews and Labor don’t care about people or the environment, and sneakily changed the laws to allow the dumping of toxic soil near homes and schools.

 

“The Liberal Nationals are fighting to disallow and dump Labor’s toxic soil laws in Parliament to protect the health and wellbeing of people and our environment.

 

“It’s outrageous that Labor is giving foreign-owned West Gate Tunnel contractors a tax-free ride to dump toxic soil, and instead will slug Victorian taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up this toxic soil mess. It’s a massive kick in the guts to every Victorian doing it tough.”