Politics

Approval of deadly 1080 poison dumped from the air

Friday, June 20, 2014

Deadly 1080 poison was broadcast across forested land in Gippsland and NE Victoria during May in an attempt to placate certain sheep farmers. How's this for contradictory spin. "The sites were chosen for their inaccessibility and remoteness, proximity to private land ... and the absence of spot tailed quolls". Close to farms but inaccessible? Absence of quolls they claim, because they had apparently put cameras out to check. Not too remote to set up infrared cameras but too remote to use the technique of hand burying poison baits.

EEG helps take Australia’s environmental vandalism to international forum

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Eight environment groups are turning to an international umpire to help combat the Abbott Government’s plan to dismantle environmental protection laws.

The international Convention of Biological Diversity has been given a report detailing the Abbott government’s plans to hand down environment protection powers to the states and why this will worsen environmental losses.

Fire response inquiry called for - please help

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Single Burning Tree Bonang Rd 16-1-14Incompetence, chaos and lack of direct attack on bushfires in far East Gippsland saw 170,000 ha burnt in January and February this year. Why did this happen when so much more could have been done? Many of the problems experienced were avoidable. The Emergency Services Commissioner and Minister has only offered an internal review. The community is demanding an inquiry to fully explore why it was handled as it was. You can help by signing this petition. Two clicks and it's done. www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/kim-wells-set-up-an-independent-public-inquiry-into-the-east-gippsland-red-sunday-bush-fires

State budget unplugs more life support for our environment

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lucky we weren’t holding our breath for some government enlightenment and financial commitment to help Victoria’s ailing environment, in the budget.

"The departmental budget for environmental policy has been cut by $19m, or 34%, while the budget for environmental programs has been cut by $46m or 25% on last year’s budget. ... The 34% cut for environmental policy is the single largest cut to any departmental output across the whole of State Government."

A leaked DEPI report reveals its system for allocating millions of dollars of contract work is poor value for money

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The east Gippsland fires have been estimated to have cost the government (tax payer) up to $140 million to manage. We are hearing that so much of this was reckless waste – machines laying idle at $2000 a day or more, bulldozers left to do their own thing just to keep them employed. Strike teams sent from across the state for a day of 'look-see' or waiting around, to drive back the next day.

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Minister Walsh says ‘Sorry’

Friday, April 18, 2014

Minister Walsh says sorryComments made against a regional environment group have resulted in Minister Peter Walsh stepping back and making a public apology today. The apology to Environment East Gippsland was today published on his parliamentary website and the regional newspaper where it was originally printed.

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