Labor’s subsidies speak louder than their strategies

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Last week… Jaala Pulford threw more of our money at destroying Victoria’s biodiversity…at the same time as Lisa Neville is drafting a strategy to protect it.

Add to that, the $30M for the government’s burning plans. These also are acknowledged as ineffective and extremely destructive to biodiversity and our ecosystems each year. http://www.eastgippsland.net.au/news/govt-report-burning-for-fire-safety-is-a-flop

Plus the $7M for machinery contractors to knock down every habitat tree they regard as ‘hazardous’ along any track or road that DELWP chooses, including through National Parks.

But not a cent to update the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas which is 20 years out of date.

Not a cent to carry out surveys to even get baseline information on WHAT environmental values and wildlife exist WHERE in Victoria!  

And we’re currently being asked to comment on a biodiversity plan for the future! http://haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au/biodiversity-plan

Jaala Pulford and Lisa Neville seem to be lapdogs to the ‘shoot it if it moves, chop it down if it doesn’t’ club. These decisions are not based on science or evidence but political expedience and dirty deals. The environment and wildlife are always the losers that pay for this type of tacky policy making. Or is it really a convenient way to finish off the last of the endangered quoll populations and other struggling wildlife with broadscale extermination efforts?

There is no eco-logical explanation to decisions being made. We have to make a louder noise than the anti-dingo lobby, the shooters’ groups, the logging heavyweights and the back-woods burning boys. Email these (ir)responsible ministers and the Premier … lisa.neville@parliament.vic.gov.au   jaala.pulford@parliament.vic.gov.au   daniel.andrews@parliament.vic.gov.au

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