28 Feb 2013
A decision on the future of the Container Deposit Scheme will be made early next week in the Federal Court of Australia.
Chief Minister Terry Mills said the Northern Territory Government will await a decision on the validity of the scheme following a challenge from Coca Cola Amatil, Schweppes Australia and Lion Pty Ltd.
“We have been committed to fighting this important challenge for the rights of all Territorians,” Mr Mills said.
“The basis of the challenge relies on the Container Deposit Scheme being in breach of the Commonwealth Mutual Recognition Act. However, with the agreement of all COAG members, a permanent exemption can be obtained.
“I have received a commitment from State and Territory leaders to support our Container Deposit Scheme, allowing us to proceed to the COAG process.
“In the meantime, I remain hopeful for a positive outcome for all Territorians affected by the Scheme.”
The verdict will be handed down at the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney on Monday, 4 March 2013.
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