NSW-Qld clash over dumping of waste

Date: 8 Aug 2017

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has rebuked her Queensland counterpart saying she "needs to do her homework" after she raised concerns the sunshine state was becoming a dumping ground for its southern neighbour.

Allegations of waste companies freighting large amounts of rubbish across the border order to avoid the NSW waste levy were raised in an ABC Four Corners report on Monday.

However, on Tuesday, both sides of Queensland politics ruled out reintroducing a waste levy to stop the truckloads of rubbish being driven north.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described the allegations as "alarming" and said she would speak to Ms Berejiklian about the issue.

But Ms Berejiklian responded to Ms Palaszczuk's dumping concerns with a GST barb.

"Well I begrudge the fact that we pay billions to Queensland in GST every year and I would say to Queensland, 'focus on being a good government and doing what you need to do'," Ms Berejiklian told reporters.

"There is no excuse for anybody who doesn't obey the law, but any issue beyond that is a matter for the Queensland premier."

Ms Berejiklian refused to answer questions on whether states should create a uniform national waste levy in order to counter the transport of waste interstate.

"That's a matter between states; I'm not going to answer those questions here this morning," she said.

"The Queensland premier, it seems to me, needs to do her homework and if she's concerned about issues that are beyond state boundaries she should raise it at COAG."

Source: Yahoo News