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Senator Robert Hill, Minister for the Environment
The Hon Geoff Prosser, MP, Minister for Small Business and Consumer Affairs

Joint Statement


Australians Urged to Work Towards Sustainable Society

14 March 1997

The Minister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill, and the Minister for Small Business and Consumer Affairs, Geoff Prosser, have marked tomorrow's (SAT) celebration of World Consumer Right Day by urging Australians to take action as consumers to promote sustainability.

"Australians have an admirable record of environmental responsibility but we must ensure the environment can meet the needs of future generations," Senator Hill said.

"People can contribute to sustainability by conserving energy, reducing the use of non- - renewable resources and using products that are durable, recyclable, repairable, reusable, non-toxic and safe," he said.

Mr Prosser said consumers can contribute to Australia's current and future sustainability by considering issues such as efficient use of resources and reducing waste.

"Individual decisions about how we get rid of rubbish or recycle may seem insignificant, but together they can have a tremendous impact on landfill demands and pollution levels."

He said there were also tremendous opportunities for Australia business to participate in the environmental management industry.

Senator Hill said World Consumer Rights Day had the full support of the Environment portfolio and encouraged all Australians to help conserve the environment through sustainable practices.

Further information:
Matt Brown, Senator Hill's office, 0419 693 515
Simon Troeth, Minister Prosser's office, 0419 412 715

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