Bill Shorten: There will be a carbon tax under a government I lead

Last night Bill Shorten again confirmed Labor wants to push up electricity prices for Australian families and businesses with a carbon tax. “Labor is committed to an Emissions Trading Scheme” “In 2014, the world’s emissions trading schemes have a collective value of more than $30 billion.” Australia accounts for less than two per cent of…

Investing in training for park rangers in the Asia Pacific region

The Australian Government is investing $100,000 to help build and develop the capacity of our rangers across the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions. The funding will help build new training courses in our universities to help rangers build their skills in finance, administration and modern technologies. Our rangers, whether they work in national parks, Indigenous…

Draft emissions reduction methods for energy efficiency and land sector projects released for consultation

The Australian Government has released four additional draft Emissions Reduction Fund methods for public consultation – for household energy efficiency, industrial energy efficiency, soil carbon and improving the efficiency of fertiliser use in irrigated cotton. The draft household energy efficiency method covers projects that improve energy efficiency for households and small businesses. Project proponents, such…

Coral Triangle Initiative – Supporting our regional partners

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON JULIE BISHOP MP, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS Australia is providing a further $6 million to the Coral Triangle Initiative, supporting the 120 million people in our region who rely on rich and diverse marine life for their livelihoods. Often called ‘the Amazon of the seas’, the Coral Triangle is home…

Local action tackles marine debris in the Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Government has provided $700,000 from its Reef Trust to clean up marine debris across the Great Barrier Reef, protecting iconic marine species and helping to conserve the reef’s Outstanding Universal Value. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will team with community groups along the Queensland coast to conduct reef clean-up events. The…

Government ensures National Landcare Programme funding flows to local projects

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON BARNABY JOYCE MP, MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE The Australian Government has placed Landcare back at the heart of natural resource management with the announcement of reforms to the regional stream of the National Landcare Programme that will see $454 million invested in sustainable agriculture and environmental rehabilitation over four years.  The…

Regional cooperation towards ending Asia-Pacific rainforest loss by 2030

The Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit concluded with a strong show of support from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Centre for International Forestry Research, United States, Papua New Guinea and others to help realise the global goal of ending natural rainforest loss by 2030. The Australian Government is delighted to have received overwhelming support from…

Julia Gillard supports return of Labor’s painful carbon tax

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard predicts the failed carbon tax will one day return. For Australian families that means higher electricity and gas prices. In an interview with the ABC Radio, Ms Gillard said: “Yes they’ve swept away carbon pricing and the Minerals Resource Rent Tax, but good reforms often take more than one go…

Green Army Round Two now open for applications

Applications are now open for community-led Green Army projects that support practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation activities across Australia. The Australian Government is providing additional opportunities in the 2014/15 financial year for community organisations, environment groups and local councils to apply for Green Army projects in their region. Projects must run for 20-26 weeks…