Following the Greens’ announcement yesterday of their $30.5 million program to keep Canberra’s water features healthy, Vicki Dunne (ACT Shadow Nature Conservation and Water Minister) has accused them of spending money they don’t have in an attempt to achieve something they can’t do.
“It appears the ACT Greens have committed to spending money that hasn’t been secured,” Mrs Dunne said.
“What is certain is that many environmental indicators in the ACT have gone backwards since the ACT Labor/Greens alliance came into existence.
“The ACT Greens are a fringe party, they simply cannot get what they stand for done and they are incapable of securing this money.
“We agree that the ACT’s lakes and waterways need to be cleaned up, however the ACT Greens should not be committing to spending money on these projects when the funds have not been secured.
“The Greens are a party in decline, if they couldn’t improve the environment in the four years they have been in an alliance with the ACT Labor Government, they can’t get it done now,” Mrs Dunne concluded.
UPDATE 31/7/12 9:47
The ACT Greens have just made contact, ‘correcting’ Canberra Liberals release. Apparently, the money that will be used to fund their program was allocated to the ACT back in 2006. They’ve linked us back to Malcolm Turnbull’s original press release:
“The project also involves financial assistance to support the ACT Government to develop and implement integrated waterway management master plans in Yarralumla Creek in Woden, Weston Creek, Ginninderra creek, and Sullivans Creek in north Canberra.”
They’ve also pointed out that this was the money used to fund the Lyneham and Dickson wetlands (which most certainly exist).