As you can see, the Department of the Environment takes up the bulk of the funding. We'll have to examine this portfolio in three separte sections:
- Department of Environment
- The Clean Energy Regulator
- Everything else
This post will cover the Department of Environment.
The Department of the Environment (DoE) is split up about 50 different sections - you can hover over the slices above to get a feel for which sections form the biggest chunks. Nearly everything has been reduced - here's the same data but shown as %'age change from the previous year:
All in all, it's a collection of not-very-good news for environmental issues. The "Grants to Voluntary Environment, Sustainability and Heritage Organisations" program has been axed, which will have a serious impact on conservation groups across Australia. Victoria McKenzie-McHarg from the Australian Conservation Foundation put it succinctly:
"When faced with a so-called budget emergency, it is remarkable to see $1.3 million cut from environment groups while handing out $13 billion over the next few years to subsidise big polluting industries."Next up, Clean Energy Regulator!