After 18 months of tearing down the environment, the Baillieu Government has continued its destruction

Posted on 02. May, 2012 in News

Today’s State Budget is further evidence the Baillieu Government has abandoned its responsibilities to enhance and protect Victoria’s environment, Shadow Minister Environment and Climate Change Lisa Neville said today. Ms Neville said the Baillieu Government had torn down the significant environmental gains made by Victorian families, wiped out business hopes of major investment opportunities and killed off thousands of green energy employment opportunities and departmental jobs.

“Across DSE, there has been $130.6 million taken from the budget. This funding cut will impact on water, land and resource management areas of the department,” Ms Neville said.

“This puts paid to the claim by Environment Minister Ryan Smith there will be no impact to frontline services.

“After 18 months of tearing down the environment, the Baillieu Government has continued its destruction of Victoria’s natural environment and water resources.

Ms Neville said the Baillieu Government had already dumped the 20 per cent emissions target by 2020 and scrapped the Climate Communities Fund and Sustainability Victoria renewable energy programs.

“The Baillieu Government is wasting Victorian taxpayer’s money fighting the Federal Government through the courts to turn our national parks into cattle grazing areas.

“After all the positioning by the Minister that the role of the state in climate change actions is to fund adaptation measures only, there is no adaptation measures in this budget.

“Mr Baillieu broke his promise to produce five per cent of the state’s energy from solar sources, abolished the premium solar feed-in tariff scheme killing about 1800 jobs, and introduced job killing anti-wind farm laws shut down Victoria for future wind farm projects and employment opportunities.

“Mr Baillieu has completely abandoned the environment, so the question must be asked why have an Environment Minister at all?”

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