Greens Opal Fuel Bill passes the Senate

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The Australian Greens Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012 has passed the Senate this evening, with a commitment from Government that existing problem spots will be addressed by mid year 2013.

The Bill will now move to the House of Representatives.

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, who has worked on the issue since entering Parliament in 2005, told the Senate that the Bill was an important step towards ending the harm caused by petrol sniffing.

“The voluntary rollout of non sniffable fuel has been an important strategy, but is one that has had a big hole in it – this Bill helps resolves that issue and ensures the rollout can be completed,” Senator Siewert said today.

“I am pleased the Government has supported this Bill to progress work to end the life threatening harm caused by petrol sniffing.

“There is strong community support for this legislation. Those people I have spoken to have emphasised the importance of ensuring that this Bill passes and that practical steps can be taken to complete the low aromatic fuel rollout that has been so successful to date

“This Bill is a mechanism for the Minister to be able to help those communities that have worked so hard, for so long, to eradicate petrol sniffing and to envision a better future for their children.  It is a way for us to demonstrate that we share that vision and that we want to see them succeed. 

“It is important that this rollout is not hampered by baseless myths and fear mongering about non-sniffable fuel, all of which have been disproven.

“In addition to seeing this Bill through the Parliament, the Greens fully understand that it is vital that there is also ongoing financial support through the Government's Opal Fuel subsidies as well as a continued commitment to maintaining the community support services, and youth programs,” Senator Siewert concluded.

 

To read Rachel's speech, click here.