Probing the polls: plastic bags, recycling rubbish and the Liberal leadership

Genevieve Jacobs 2 December 2019 6

Woolworths is initiating a reusable containers trial nationally. Photo: File.

Conservation-minded Canberrans appear to be broadly in favour of a proposal for reusable containers to reduce waste.

The plan is part of a national initiative by grocery giant Woolworths. Commonly used products such as washing detergent, shampoo, juice or ice cream will be sold in customised, brand-specific, durable packaging that is delivered in a reusable shipping tote.

When finished, the empty containers are picked up from home or can be dropped back at a nearby Woolworths store before being cleaned, refilled and reused – creating a circular shopping system.

The scheme, called Loop, will be trialled in supermarkets before a full launch in 2021.

And it seems local consumers like the plan. We asked whether you would be in favour of a national trial to replace single-use plastic packaging with reusable containers and would you buy these products?

A total of 1,254 votes were recorded for this poll. Your choices were Yes, it’s about time the major supermarkets came to the party on single-use plastics, and this option received a whopping 1070 votes. Alternatively, you could vote No, it sounds too complicated and inconvenient, but this option attracted just 271 votes.

Next, we’re tackling reports of division inside the ACT Liberal Opposition. Party members and MLAs continue to publicly dismiss speculation about the current leader Alistair Coe and the likelihood that he will lead the party to next year’s election.

MLA Elizabeth Lee

MLA Elizabeth Lee says she is not interested in the Liberal leadership. Photo: File.

High profile MLAs Elizabeth Lee and Mark Parton have both dismissed suggestions that they are more palatable to the generally progressive ACT electorate.

Elizabeth Lee tweeted that she was absolutely committed to bringing about a Canberra Liberals government in 2020 under the leadership of Alistair Coe and his deputy Nicole Lawder.

Ms Lee, who has recently had a baby, was considered to be the best bet to replace Mr Coe and, together with Guilia Jones, provide a more appealing team (as in, less right-wing), to go into the October election.

Former radio personality Mr Parton has previously been considered a potential leader but sources say he doesn’t want the job and may not be committed long term to the Assembly anyway.

But reports persist nevertheless that the party is internally divided over Mr Coe and that the long-running division between the party room’s politics and the actual ACT Liberal vote may be coming to a head. What do you think?

Internal leadership strife is being reported in the Opposition. Is Alistair Coe the right person to lead the Libs to the next election?

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3 Responses to Probing the polls: plastic bags, recycling rubbish and the Liberal leadership
Rob Sanders Rob Sanders 9:54 pm 02 Dec 19

In all seriousness, I don't see the Liberals winning with Coe at the helm. Make a change, make it soon.

Keran Niquet Keran Niquet 10:03 am 03 Dec 19

The liberals ensured that they will not win the next election by choosing a kid from kindergarten as their leader!

Leo Menssen Leo Menssen 3:00 pm 03 Dec 19

I don't see the Libs winning in Canberra no matter who leads them.

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