Coca-Cola’s legal challenge to the Northern Territory’s container deposit scheme, which is beginning in Sydney today, represents a serious risk for South Australian businesses, the Greens said.
“If Coca-Cola wins in the Northern Territory, it is small businesses in SA that will really lose out,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.
“We here in South Australia know how much of a success our container deposit scheme has been and we are rightly proud of that.
“After our state lead the way in the container deposit area, SA businesses stand to take a hit if Coca-Cola’s challenge is successful because they used their experience and expertise to invest heavily in the NT scheme.
“Now that the Australian Government is considering a proposal by Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson to create a nationwide container deposit scheme, SA businesses are in a great position to lead the way again.
“This would be a fantastic thing for South Australia and I hope, for our sake and for the environment, Coca-Cola are unsuccessful in their attempt to skewer the NT scheme.
“I call on my South Australian colleagues in the Senate to publically support our local businesses and state their opposition to Coca-Cola’s aggressive legal action.”
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