Posted on 05. May, 2011 in Greening Victoria

The Baillieu Government has put the environment last in its State Budget, Shadow Environment Minister Lisa Neville said today.

“Mr Baillieu has failed to outline how he will tackle the challenge of climate change,” Ms Neville said.

“It is hard to take Mr Baillieu’s commitment to the environment seriously after he failed to go to the election with any environmental policy, and has failed again to address the environmental issues facing Victoria.

“Following Mr Baillieu’s botched introduction of cattle-grazing in Victoria’s high country, this budget makes it clear that the environment is not on his Government’s agenda at all.

“The Government’s disregard for the environment is made clear in the Treasurer’s speech, which failed to mention the issue of climate change.

“Many serious environment and climate change policies implemented by Labor are now unlikely to be continued, including the climate communities program which funded action by local communities on climate change.”

Ms Neville said the budget had exposed Mr Baillieu’s empty rhetoric around reducing green carbon emissions

“The lack of investment in this Budget makes it clear that the Baillieu Government is going to walk away from the state’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020 – a commitment that they signed up to,” she said.

“Mr Baillieu hasn’t just failed to clearly articulate a plan to tackle climate change; he has completely failed to provide any funding for any programs that deal with this issue at all.”

Shadow Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio said the Budget also reveals that the Baillieu Government will break their promise to produce 5 per cent of the state’s energy from solar sources.

“Mr Baillieu says he believes in protecting the environment and in tackling climate, but hasn’t backed up his words with funding in the State Budget,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“Victoria was leading the nation in tackling climate change through ambitious energy targets and strict energy efficiently legislation for new houses and modifications.

“The Baillieu Government has failed to provide any funds for the Low Emission Energy Technology Program in the next financial year, breaking a key election energy policy.”




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