AbCF acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work and live and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging and celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of all Communities. AbCF acknowledges, respects and honours Indigenous peoples vital role in caring for country in the past and stress the importance of this continued practice into the future.
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers please be aware that content on this website may contain images, voices and or names of people who have passed away.

Budget 2015: business as usual for ERF

Last year we reported that the hammer fell on the environment but this year it is more steady as she goes (no new cuts).

The Emissions Reduction Fund profile is unchanged but with the addition of $468m for the new out year in 2018-19. This means $1.6b has now been allocated over the forward estimates and provides some sense of stability to the Emissions Reduction Fund. The ERF Expert Reference Group has been discontinued (I know, we never heard from them much).

In the good old days of the Clean Energy Future, there were a range of allied programs that could support carbon farming. These are now all gone but there is nothing new to replace them. You are on your own folks!

What makes things a little worse though is $73m has been taken out of the Green Army (or $179m added if you live in Minister-land) and also $12m out of National Landcare. So even though Green Army money cannot be used for ERF projects, less money is going into land management which will put a little more pressure on Indigenous carbon farmers when the Working on Country funding comes up in a couple of years (Working on Country supports the approximately 700 Indigenous rangers working on country around Australia).

More broadly, the Climate Change Authority has a 2 year reprieve – but what happens after that? – but there are no new climate policies or initiatives which might spark excitement, innovation or ambition.

Limited rations people – auction applications to the Regulator!

Extract from Budget Paper No.2


Website created by RJ New Designs