Senate debates

Tuesday, 6 October 2020


Toxic Waste Disposal

4:23 pm

Photo of Gerard RennickGerard Rennick (Queensland, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 796 before asking that it be taken as formal.

Leave granted.

I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges:

  (i) the lack of appropriate disposal mechanisms and technology for much of the toxic waste from solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable products in many states and territories,

  (ii) the significant environmental consequences the improper disposal of renewable energy waste products has on the environment,

  (iii) The Morrison Government's $15.14 million partnership with leading Australian universities via the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to support new research projects that include addressing end-of-life issues for solar PV panels; and

(b) calls on state governments to collect environmental bonds on entities which control these assets, similar to those charged on oil and mining companies, to fund the development of appropriate waste disposal mechanisms for renewable energy waste.

Question agreed to.