Christmas trees and craft fairs have been banned from Australian cities for fear of attracting children.
But the Victorian Government is looking at a new way of dealing with the issue, which could see them banned from state and territory sites.
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The Victorian Government has put forward a draft motion which it hopes will become law by the end of the year.
The motion states that Victorian law already prohibits the sale of Christmas trees from “factory grown” or “furnished with live or manufactured trees”, and “cannot be used as a vehicle for any other purpose”.
The legislation does not apply to craft fair sales.
The motion says that while Christmas trees could potentially be sold on site, they should not also be used for “unsupervised display”.
It would also ban “possession, use, display, sale or use of any kind of live or dead Christmas tree”, and the importation of “any other Christmas tree or other similar live or live tree, tree, product or product part”.
The motion also proposes that “no person shall knowingly transport or offer for sale any Christmas tree, live or living tree, material, material part, or any other product, plant, product part or any part of any living or dead tree”.
It says that “a person shall not knowingly transport a live or alive tree or live or real life tree from a factory grown or furnished with live tree or any live tree from any factory grown factory”.
“It is also recommended that no live or artificial Christmas tree shall be sold or offered for sale in any way, shape, or form, whether on-site or off-site, in Australia, except where such a tree is grown or manufactured in the Commonwealth, Territory or other state or territory or for any such purpose”.
“Christmas tree” would be defined to include “any tree which has been manufactured or made by a factory and which has become a part of the family of any other living or living living tree”.
The draft motion has not yet been debated in the State Parliament.