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Prime Minister Turnbull out of step with Australian public on environment

Env-AustNew poll shows Australians are greener than the Turnbull Government, Independent Australia Leon Moulden 26 November 2016,  The latest Essential Poll shows a wide gulf between the Turnbull Government and the public on the role of green groups and proposed changes for the EPBCA. Leon Moulden reports.

ONCE AGAIN, a new poll draws attention to the widening chasm between the Turnbull Government and the Australian public. Last week’s Essential Report poll on environmental groups uncovered a wide gulf between the Turnbull Government and the Australian public over the role of green groups.

As a consequence, the Turnbull Government’s renewed interest in implementing the previous Abbott Government’s policy of silencing green groups by amending the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act is in stark contrast to views held by the majority of Australians.

The Essential poll found high support amongst Australians for the role environmental groups play in society when it asked:

“Currently, donations to charities, including environmental protection, social welfare and religious organisations, are tax deductible. Donations to political parties are also tax deductible.  Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?”

Australians then responded positively to all four statements on environmental groups posed to them in the poll. With more than two thirds of voters supporting each statement.

The first statement that participants were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with, was:

Environmental groups should be able to publicly criticise the government if it makes decisions that cause environmental destruction.”

Their response was considerably positive with 74% of participants agreeing with the statement, while only 11% disagreed.

Then, when asked if they agreed or disagreed with the statement:

“I should be able to make a tax deduction for donations I make to environmental groups such as WWF and ACF.”

Again a large majority of 70% agreed with the statement, while only 13% disagreed.

And when asked if they agreed or disagreed with the statement:

“Environmental groups play an important role to play in holding the government to account for environmentally destructive decisions.”

A majority of 69% of participants agreed with the statement, while only 14% disagreed.

Finally, when asked if they agreed or disagreed with the statement:

“Environmental groups should be able to take the government to court if the government makes a decision that does not comply with environmental law.”

More than two thirds or 67% of participants agreed with the statement, while only 16% disagreed…….https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/new-poll-shows-australians-are-greener-than-the-turnbull-government,9774

November 25, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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