News | 2nd Jul, 2016

Putting our environment on the agenda in the 2016 federal election campaign

In the lead-up to the 2016 federal election on 2 July, Environment Victoria volunteers played a major role in putting the environment on the agenda. Here are the numbers from two marginal seats in Victoria, Deakin (around Ringwood and Mitcham) and Dunkley (around Frankston).

  • 385 volunteers
  • 4620 conversations
  • 3375 phone calls
  • 2814 pledges from undecided voters
  • 7550 election scorecards handed out
  • meetings with six local candidates and two would-be environment ministers at two dedicated shopfronts (open for 693 hours)
  • 30 community stalls
  • 2 candidate forums.

In May 2016, we released a “Promise Watch” site to help journalists and citizens track the environment and climate change commitments of the major parties. The site tracked policy commitments by the Coalition, Labor and the Greens relevant to three policy categories: (1) a plan to power Australia with clean energy; (2) a plan for cutting pollution; and (3) a plan for protecting and restoring nature.

Learn more about this campaign

Watch the campaign summary video below.