Letter to the Editor - May 16:Budget's environmental fall-out

THIS Federal budget chooses big polluters over the community.

Taxpayers will continue to subsidise the fossil fuel industry at over $11.5 billion every year, largely through the fuel tax credits subsidy.

This is more than the total spent on public schools.

Imagine if this money was spent on a high speed rail network or clean energy infrastructure.

There can be no justification for incentives to out-dated industries, which destroy the climate.

At the same time, this government continues to undermine the renewable energy industry, which has the potential to provide thousands of jobs and increase the resilience of our society and economy.

A budget which ignores climate change is a farce, a dangerous farce.

There is money for drought relief, plus a token amount for Great Barrier Reef protection - but without tackling the cause of climate change these will be terribly inadequate.

There is no evidence the Emissions Reduction Fund will have any real benefit - there is no economy wide plan to stop emissions.

By yet again ignoring the reality of climate change, the government has chosen to sacrifice all Australians' welfare and security, for the sake of short-term profits for big polluters.

Lisa Rusanen



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