NT government takes on beverage manufacturers over CDS

Friday, 15 February, 2013

Debate over the Northern Territory Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) is heating up, with three large beverage manufacturers claiming the CDS legislation is legally invalid. The Northern Territory Government is fighting these claims, made by Coca-Cola Amatil, Schweppes Australia and Lion Pty Ltd.

The case will be heard in the Federal Court of Australia on 19 February to determine the outcome.

The NT Government is encouraging Territorians to watch the court challenge via a video link in the Supreme Court in Darwin.

“This is an issue that could affect many Territory families who regularly utilise this as a means of reward-based recycling,” said Chief Minister Terry Mills.

“Since 3 January 2012, more than 35.5 million containers have been processed through the scheme.

“There are also many Territory businesses with a financial interest in the scheme, which is why we applied to the Court to gain this video link and ensure Territorians can watch proceedings.

“This government is committed to fighting this important challenge. The most senior lawyer in the government, the Solicitor-General, and his team have been briefed to pull no punches in meeting this legal challenge.”

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