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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

 

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.

See the results here >

*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.

See the 2008 report here
See the 2007 report here

 

Hazelwood mine fire inquiry to re-open

 
27 April 2015
Fairfax

The inquiry into 2014's devastating Hazelwood coal mine fire will reopen in May, and will investigate fears that deaths increased in the community because of the fire, as well as options for...

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Brown coal imposes $800m health cost annually on Victorians

 
20 April 2015
Australian Business Review

Researchers from Harvard University have produced analysis suggesting  that the pollution from Victoria’s brown coal power stations are imposing...

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Madigan’s musings threaten Murray Darling Basin Plan’s promise of certainty

 
1 April 2015
Fairfax

SENATOR John Madigan’s attempt to muddy the waters on the Murray Darling Basin Plan is reckless.

The Plan is the result of years of...

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Climate variability out, climate change in

 
17 March 2015
The Age

Climate change is back on the political agenda in Victoria, with the Andrews Government considering going it alone with a state-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.

In a...

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Victoria to ban e-waste in landfill

 
15 March 2015
The Age

Almost every household has its share. The state-of-the art television that has suddenly become yesterday's model. Keyboards and cords gathering dust in the back of a cupboard. A broken iPhone...

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Hazelwood mine fire anniversary sparks call for better mine rehabilitation

 
10 Feb 2015
ABC

An environment group has used the one year anniversary of the Hazelwood mine fire, in south-east Victoria, to call for improvements to mine rehabilitation.

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Requests for Labor to 'get to work' on election promises

 
30 Nov 2014
SBS

Peak business, environment and union groups have welcomed Victoria's new government and say they're ready for Labor to hit the ground running.

Daniel Andrews is...

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Database to monitor Vic election climate commitments

 
28 October 2014
Climate Spectator

Environment Victoria has created a new Promise Watch database to record the environment and climate change policy commitments of the major parties as they are announced...

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Magic number 770 could be an environmental game changer in Victorian election

 
26 October 2014
The Age

The thermometer drawn on the butcher's paper has been taken down from the wall to be updated. A marker pen tap, tap, taps away, filling the gap to a...

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Push for quicker rehabilitation of Latrobe Valley coal mines

 
23 October 2014
Fairfax

Faster rehabilitation of Latrobe Valley coal mines could employ hundreds of people for 20 years, generate more than $420 million of direct spending and slash the risk of...

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Introducing our new Campaigns Director, Alex White

posted by markwakeham on Monday, 1 September, 2014 - 17:24

Our new Campaigns Director, Alex White, starts today. Here's what he has to say about why he came to Environment Victoria.

Back in 2012, I spent three months working on the Obama campaign in Boston and New Hampshire. The locals, as well as being bemused by my hard-to-understand...

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Mark

100 Days countdown: The hot environment issues this election.

posted by Mark on Thursday, 21 August, 2014 - 17:04

On 29 November Victorians will head to the polls to cast judgement on the Napthine Government. With just 100 days to go until polling day Environment Victoria CEO Mark Wakeham takes a looks at the hot environment issues this state election.

The Baillieu-led Coalition took office in...

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Tom

Plant a tree for National Tree Day

posted by Tom on Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 - 16:36

We owe so much to trees: the air we breathe, the food we eat, the paper you’re reading this on… Ok, got you with that one, but the list goes on!

 
Trees are good for our environment, good for our society, good for our economy and good for us! So help us...
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Tom

Put your money where your mouth is

posted by Tom on Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 - 12:35

Last month Desmond Tutu called for an anti-apartheid-style boycott of the fossil fuel industry: urging “people of conscience…to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change.” And recently Bendigo Bank...

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Tom

Point out the mammoth in the room this election

posted by Tom on Friday, 23 August, 2013 - 15:14

It’s the most crucial election for our environment in decades and yet no one’s talking about the mammoth in the room. 

Sure, Tony Abbott’s called himself ‘a fair dinkum environmentalist’ and Kevin Rudd’s called climate change ‘the greatest...

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A special election word from our CEO, Kelly O'Shanassy Thursday, 25 November 2010 With the state election only a couple of days away we need to make sure we use this opportunity to speak up for our environment. Share  
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Rally to Replace ALL of Hazelwood draws thousands Saturday, 6 November 2010 5000 people took to the streets to call on political leaders to commit to Replacing ALL of Hazelwood in the next term of government. Copyright: Andrew McDonald
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