More budget cuts for the environment

Published on Wed 30 March 2022 12:45pm

From the government that refuses to lift its pathetic emissions target even one inch, we now see our clean energy agencies cut by more than a third.

Mr Wilson (1:45pm) – Deputy Speaker, this Liberal National Government has neglected the environment at every turn. It has denied and ignored the threat of climate change at every turn.

Unbelievably, this week’s budget goes further, it double doubles down on that incompetence and neglect.

One thing that’s become super clear through the events of the last couple of years, is just how much our well-being is inextricably connected to the health of our environment. Whether it’s the rise of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19, or the frequency and scale of unthinkable natural disasters, Australia has experienced what happens when the balance gets out of whack.

The harm to human health is enormous. And there is devastating year on year impact to infrastructure and economic activity.

Yet this budget cuts funding to Australia’s clean energy agencies by 35 per cent.

From the government that refuses to lift its pathetic emissions target even one inch, we now see our clean energy agencies cut by more than a third.

And there’s no commitment to fixing a failed environmental protection framework that has Australia’s threatened biodiversity on a trajectory of decline.

More and more species are on the brink, and they do nothing.

Deputy Speaker, the Australian people should not put up with this rubbish. The Australian people should hold on to the fact that if you vote for incompetence, incompetence will continue. And we simply cannot afford in this country another three years of environmental and climate change failure, which is all you will ever get from those opposite.

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