Labor's eco programs criticised

THE Labor Government cannot be trusted when it comes to implementing environmental programs, a Federal Opposition member said.

During an unofficial election campaign visit to Lismore yesterday, the Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, criticised the Gillard Government’s disastrous environmental programs and promised an air of change.

“The Home Insulation Scheme is arguably the worst program a Government has implemented in 50 years,” he said.

“I think because of the terrible outcomes of this Government programs, what worries me is that there will be more.

“The real issue is to match our Clean Air Fund. The Government’s primary model is to use higher electricity prices. Our approach is to provide incentives directly.”

The Coalition’s Clean Air Fund aims to provide incentives to gas-powered providers, enticing people to use the cleaner energy and to steer away from coal-fired power.

The Government’s Home Insulation Scheme led to a number of deaths due to dodgy insulation materials and the Green Loans scheme attracted ‘shonks and sharks’, Mr Hunt said.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard called a Cabinet meeting yesterday afternoon to put the finishing touches on the Government’s new climate change policy before she is expected to announce an election date.

As of 6pm yesterday, the outcome of the Cabinet meeting had not been announced.

Despite the Government’s troubled environmental programs, Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin believes the ALP has implemented some notable projects.

“I can’t take Greg Hunt’s comments on the environment seriously because he worked so hard to stop the Rudd Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme,” she said.

“This Government has installed more than 100,000 solar panels on Australian homes, schools and community buildings since coming to office, and has also supported the installation of more than 110,000 solar hot water systems.”

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