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HAS O’FARRELL’S GOVERNMENT SIDELINED THE ENVIRONMENT?

Has O’Farrell’s government sidelined the environment?

Media Release - 4 April 2011

On Sunday March 6 – Clean Up Australia Day – Barry O’Farrell took the opportunity to announce in front of the cameras that a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government would help ‘clean up’ the state with a $103 million environmental package.
 
The size and scale of this announcement didn’t warrant comment from a-political Clean Up Australia – but it clearly flagged a lack of understanding and commitment to the environment.

The announcement of a reshuffling of the environment and water portfolios appears to be further evidence that the environment is out of the spotlight in NSW.

Commenting on the new ministry, Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia said, “I find it interesting that Barry didn’t publicise his intention to ‘elevate’ the Environment Department to his new “super-ministry” when he had the attention of voters on 6 March – maybe he knew how unpopular this move would be?”

“It seems to me that the environment and water portfolio reshuffle is more like a sidelining than an elevation, and I have grave concerns about what will happen to our marine parks, national parks, fresh water management and other environmental issues of vital importance to NSW residents.

“We are living in a world that is rapidly changing, where we need to regard the environment as the primary issue. This means putting yesterday’s methods and behaviours behind us and embracing tomorrow’s practices and technologies.
 
“It is well recognised that we are in the grip of a global freshwater crisis, the solution for which is the overall reform of water management.  It is also well recognised that our attitudes to energy reform and waste management are outdated.

“Right now, I’m certainly not confident O‘Farrell’s new government is placing due importance on the environment.” 

“I’m watching out for the resources portfolio announcement with interest.”


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For further information or to arrange an interview with Ian Kiernan please contact Marita Dortins: 0415 385 056.
 

 
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