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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


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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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