The Minister for Environment Roger Jaensch is responsible for devastating cuts of over $33.75 million in waste initiatives across the next four years. As waste pollution balloons and endangered species hang on by beak and claw, the Minister for the Environment has pulled support for Tasmanians working on the biodiversity and waste crises.
When questioned about these massive cuts to protection for lutruwita/Tasmania’s environment, Minister Jaensch did not deny the cuts and refused to answer the question.
Tasmanians confronting the daunting task of grappling with our growing mountain of waste will be outraged Minister Jaensch has ditched investment in the Waste Action Plan, becoming a Circular Economy and a Plastic Free Tasmania.
The extra small change into threatened species assessment and recovery is a drop in the ocean. There are hundreds of animals and plants teetering on the brink, facing pressures from global warming, feral species and habitat loss.
Minister Jaensch was all at sea when confronted with these abhorrent cuts. Tasmania is in big trouble when the Environment Minister gets on the Liberal anti-environment bus.
These cuts will likely be a shock for people working to keep our suburbs and wild places biodiverse and free from waste.
The Greens will present our fully-costed Alternative Budget, including resourcing for environmental protection and a circular economy, on Wednesday 1 June.