John Howard’s Liberals, part of the Coalition that make up Australia’s government are suddenly announcing various environment measures as speculation increases for a spring election. The latest Gallup poll over the weekend has Labour (the main opposition party) at 46% (- 1%) against the Coalition’s 40% (+1%).
Howard has announced an increase in spending on drought relief by an extra $714 million over the next two years. This is on top of the $430 million he announced only last week. Policy on the hoof under the influence of the polls one might think.
The National Farmers Federation’s Ben Fargher says the help is badly needed. “We have moved out of a serious drought into a crisis in many regions around our country.” Mr Howard says the funding recognises that some farmers will have to give up their properties, but enhances the dignity of farmers who are forced to leave their land. More…
Meanwhile Howard’s government has also finally given in to setting targets. The latest, the Clean Energy Target, aims for 15% renewables by 2020. For now there is no strategy towards cutting CO2 emissions.