2010 State election
On Saturday, 27 November 2010, Victorians went to the polls and voted in a Coalition Government and a new Premier by the name of Baillieu. So what does that mean for our environment I hear you say? Here’s our verdict…
Let’s be honest – there’s no glossing over the fact that the Coalition’s election promises on the environment were far weaker than the other major parties. They don’t support replacing Hazelwood, or the draft Murray Darling Basin Plan. They want to reintroduce cattle grazing in Victoria’s national parks. And there are plenty of gaps and unanswered questions about how it will address critical environment issues and meet its greenhouse target.
Thankfully though, the Coalition did promise some positive environmental actions such as greater water efficiency and water recycling, improving the star-rating of existing homes, returning water to the Yarra, Thompson, Murray and Snowy Rivers and supporting a target to reduce Victoria’s greenhouse pollution by 20 percent by 2020.
So after all that, we’ve prepared a list of their election commitments - the good, the vague and the downright worrying. You can find it here
You can bet that we’ll be holding the new government to account to these promises and working flat out to get them to change those policies that will send us backwards. In forming the new government the Coalition took on the ethical and legal responsibility to safeguard our environment, combat climate change, rescue our rivers and protect our forests. Our job is to make sure they do just that.
And rest assured, our campaigns to Replace Hazelwood and Rescue Our Rivers will roll on. And next year will be bigger and bolder than ever! So stay tuned, inspired and be there with us as we move towards a sustainable healthy environment for all in 2011.
PS > We've had one mighty big year. And we couldn’t have done it without you and your continued support. So thank you for your hard work, for your dedication and for your unwavering commitment to our environment. To cap off your year, join us as we celebrate our successes of 2010. Jump for joy
State election resources
We gave them an agenda to safeguard our environment
- Rescue Our Rivers: deliver a river rescue package to restore Victoria’s rivers to health and secure water for new Red Gum National Parks. Here's how the parties compared
- Replace Hazelwood power station with clean energy by 2012. Here's how the parties compared
- A green makeover for one Million Homes: deliver a program to retrofit one million Victorian homes for energy and water efficiency over the next five years. Here's how the parties compared
- Read our Smart Transport Campaigner's reflection on the role of public transport in this election campaign. Have a squizz
State election 2010 scorecard
Environment Victoria, together with our colleagues at The Wilderness Society, Friends of the Earth and the Victorian National Parks Association have prepared a detailed environment policy scorecard to help guide you on the various environment policies of the major parties contesting the state election.
The scorecard is based on our agenda for the next term of government which we released and sent to all parties in November 2009. It's called Turning it Around.
*Current at Friday, 26 November 2010.
State election scorecards from years gone by
In 2007 and 2008 we released a report, with other Victorian and national environment groups, tracking the state government's performance against their election promises on the environment.
Coal remains locked, for now
12 December 2013
Latrobe Valley Express
Victorian environment report suggests consideration of congestion tax, more buses
28 Novemberr 2013
Tom Arup, The Age
Victoria axes $50 million grant for HRL coal-fuelled power plant
22 Novemberr 2013
Tom Arup, The Age
Poorly insulated homes costing Melburnians money
21 Novemberr 2013
Troels Sommerville, Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader
Victoria's Coal Wannabes
19 Novemberr 2013
Race is on for coal's super market
24 October 2013
Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham, The Age
'Reckless' spending concerns
24 October 2013
Louis Nelson, Latrobe Valley Express
CBA sells its Hazelwood power stake
7 October 2013
Mathew Dunckley, AFR
Climate Council marks 2013 as hottest of warmer years
4 October 2013
Bridie Smith, Sydney Morning Herald
Environment Victoria slams new water plan
2 October 2013
Kristen Alebakis, Bendigo Advertiser
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