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Australia vulnerable: A series of attacks on oil tankers near the Persian Gulf has ratcheted up tensions between the US and Iran and put the spotlight on Australia's fragile fuel reserves in the case of a major conflict. Photo: AP

Within the broader climate challenge, there are two significant national issues that are reaching "crisis" proportions, waste and fuel security. Both urgently require a definitive, medium-term action plan.

The tragedy is that both issues have just been mostly ignored by government, and left to drift, even though we have, as a nation, the proven technologies and processes to deal effectively with both these challenges, and are able to do so in a way that would contribute significantly to our climate imperative to reduce emissions.

The role of government is to work to remove the impediments to the development of effective private sector-driven responses, and to encourage the opportunities, by providing the essential national policy framework/strategy and regulatory structures.

The waste issue has come to a head as we can now no longer export this waste to our Asian neighbours, as China, Indonesia, Malaysia and others have recently decided to block such imports - indeed, some waste is presently being returned........

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