Western Australian Government considering banning plastic drinking straws

Good news for turtles

Western Australian Government considering banning plastic drinking straws
Stars Insider

12/06/18 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Straws

In potentially life-saving news for all sea creatures, particularly around the western side of Australia, the WA government is currently considering banning plastic drinking straws within the state, after previously ruling out the notion. 

ABC is reporting that the Premier had announced "Yes, in fact we're considering a lot more than that," Mark McGowan told ABC Radio Perth.

He continued "I regard plastic as the enemy of the Earth and I've thought this for years, because I've seen the impact on marine life and terrestrial life. I care deeply about conservation and looking after endangered species."

This potential initiative comes on the back of another positive environmental ban of single-use plastic bags, which comes into effect across the state July 1 of this year. 

The Green Party of Australia has been pushing a country-wide ban of plastic drinking straws and balloons for years. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has previously ruled out supporting a ban on straws. "As a father of a young child, can I say I'm not going to be a party pooper," he reportedly said in September last year. 

In a somewhat ironic plot twist, the WA premier delivered his announcement whilst drinking from a disposable coffee cup, an action not missed by eagle-eyed reporters who challenged Premier Mark McGowan "I see you drinking out of a single use coffee cup, which cannot be recycled," Sarah Quinton commented. "When are you going to show some leadership and get yourself a Keep Cup and use it every day?"

Should the whole of Australia follow suit with banning the use of plastic straws, the repercussions could be huge. A horrific video of a sea turtle having a plastic straw stuck inside its nose recently went viral, prompting worldwide outrage. 

There are many environmental campaigns running which encourages people to "skip the straw" which is a small way in which individuals can contribute towards the reduction of single-use plastics that end up in our oceans. 

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