The Queensland Government has announced it will resurrect a waste levy to stop NSW dumpers trucking rubbish over the border.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk released the final report and recommendations following the investigation into the transfer of interstate waste into Queensland, led by Justice Peter Lyons QC.
“While this strategy will be underpinned by a waste levy, I can assure Queenslanders that it will incorporate measures to avoid costs for households,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
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“I made the commitment that my Government would not increase taxes for Queensland households – and I stand by that.
“We need to ensure that big construction companies and unscrupulous operators in the waste industry will no longer take advantage of Queenslanders.”
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington says the plan will hurt businesses and everyday Queenslanders.
“Everyone will pay for Labor’s wheelie bin tax. Every householder could be slugged more for garbage collection,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Builders will be slugged more to get rid of waste and that cost will be passed on to new homeowners, costing Queenslanders an extra $2000 to build a new home.
“This levy will be a tax on every Queenslander and will impact every industry, from construction to manufacturing, tourism and hospitality.
“The extra costs from the waste tax will be paid by every Queenslander.”