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Abbott’s Green Army is back!

July 5, 2013

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The Coalition’s handcrafted climate change action plan “Abbott’s Army” has re-emerged with new claims that it is some sort of “policy.”

The Federal Opposition has announced that Abbott’s Army will be a “national conservation workforce” of around 15,000 primarily young people.

Tony Abbott says that his “green army” will “bring together our two greatest assets, our land and our people; our beautiful environment with our idealistic young people”.

“We believe that $300 million will get us at least 1,500 Green Army teams to operate around Australia,” he said.

The Coalition plans to have 250 teams of 10 people ready to start work by next July.

Each team will be comprised of nine trainees – paid a training wage of around $400 a week – and one coordinator on an annual salary of more than $60,000.

Workers will carry out “remediation and conservation projects” such as cleaning up riverbanks and revegetating sand dunes.

The policy is part of the Coalition’s “direct action” plan to reduce carbon emissions without a carbon pricing scheme.

The Australian Conservation Foundation says revegetation is “useful” work but is an inefficient way to tackle climate change.

 

 

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30 Comments leave one →
  1. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 5, 2013 1:53 pm

    Good………….next step………………ditch the Renewable Energy Target

  2. July 5, 2013 2:09 pm

    Pure tokenism.

  3. IPAddress permalink
    July 5, 2013 2:14 pm

    Instead of these bozos – government and opposition – dreaming up new ways to waste taxpayer money – on things we didn’t even know we needed – it’d be a refreshing change if once in a while they worked out a way to not spend our dough, and actually cancelled a government “program” or three.

  4. egg permalink
    July 5, 2013 2:24 pm

    Initially I saw it as an attempt to buy the green vote, or possibly pandering to the Nats, but now that climate is changing he should stand down his green army.

  5. TB Queensland permalink
    July 5, 2013 2:51 pm

    Fkn amateurs … how not to run a country of 23 million people …

  6. egg permalink
    July 5, 2013 3:07 pm

    The thing is … it may soak up some unemployment and be socially useful. Besides, $300 million is a snip compared to Labor’s renewable nonsense.

  7. Dianne permalink
    July 5, 2013 3:09 pm

    Must be due to that report in the Oz that tens of thousands of first time voters were registering since Rudd return.

  8. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 5, 2013 3:21 pm

    MMV! This is so fucking stupid!

  9. egg permalink
    July 5, 2013 3:41 pm

    Its a pity politicians are ignorant, we are sorely in need of one who has the courage to tell the truth.

    A charismatic individual who will bring about a revolution of ideas.

  10. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 5, 2013 3:47 pm

    Someone full of ideas ya say ?

    http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=wilee+coyote&ei=UTF-8

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    July 5, 2013 3:55 pm

    Wily Kumbak?

  12. TB Queensland permalink
    July 5, 2013 3:58 pm

    it may soak up some unemployment and be socially useful.

    From my post on kevin rudd promises, egg …

    At 17 you would be better off joining the Army!

    Recruit Trainee – $33,619 per year

    Although the day of the AJ is long gone … each soldier these days is a specialist …

  13. July 5, 2013 4:09 pm

    MMV…. 😆

  14. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 5, 2013 4:15 pm

    A lovely expression. I get a pleasant little twitch each time I think of it!

  15. TB Queensland permalink
    July 5, 2013 4:23 pm

    OK, sb, MMV?

  16. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 5, 2013 4:43 pm

    MMV!

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    July 5, 2013 5:05 pm

    Ahhh … I forgot you have a strong feminine side to you, sb …

  18. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 5, 2013 5:06 pm

    There is no denying it, I’m afraid.

  19. July 5, 2013 5:26 pm

    Apart from enriching Spivs and Shysters Labor’s scheme does what precisely for the environment ?

    The Lib’s scheme at least does something for the countryside and it won’t need a huge investment to get off the ground. On top of theta even if climate change proves to be “total crap” the benefit remains so what is not to like about it?

  20. July 5, 2013 5:33 pm

    “The Lib’s scheme at least does something for the countryside ”

    Yes, there’ll be lots of young people standing around leaning on shovels..

    What do you do for a living again?

  21. July 5, 2013 5:48 pm

    Reb
    What I do for a living is utterly irrelevant to the topic here.

    Yes, there’ll be lots of young people standing around leaning on shovels..

    Well that is more healthy than them sitting around smoking dope all day, or hanging out in coffee shops sipping Lattes and emoting about unsolvable issues about which they know bugger all.

  22. egg permalink
    July 5, 2013 5:57 pm

    ‘even if climate change proves to be “total crap”

    The science is settled.

  23. TB Queensland permalink
    July 5, 2013 6:05 pm

    The science is settled.

    But as I understand it in favour of climate change …

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What I do for a living is utterly irrelevant to the topic here.

    I disagree, you seem to find leaning on shovels acceptable AND project a knowledge of young people sitting around smoking “dope” etc.

    So what do you do for a living, IH?

  24. egg permalink
    July 5, 2013 6:20 pm

    ‘But as I understand it in favour of climate change …’

    Could you be more specific?

  25. July 5, 2013 6:33 pm

    ” utterly irrelevant “

    LOL, not really…

    You seem to think this scheme has merit…

    It’s basically a work-for-the-dole scheme. And as TB mentions, with most of these jobs are likely to be in rural areas, where are all these young people going to stay? Who’s going to feed them? How are they going to travel to and from work? Who’s going to supervise them? What are the OH&S implications? How are all these new trees going to be watered…?

    It’s a fkn stupid scheme…

    The relevance of your employment comes into play because you seem to think this “employment scheme” makes sense, which lends me to believe the widely-held understanding on the interwebs that you’ve had little exposure to any real working environment and have seldom held down any extended period of paid employment.

    Your often farcical extreme right-wing pretensions – as evidenced by your disdain of unemployed young people – strikes me as just a smoke screen for your own inadequacies and long term status as basically unemployable.

    Just saying.

  26. TB Queensland permalink
    July 5, 2013 7:04 pm

    😯

    Yep!

  27. egg permalink
    July 5, 2013 7:14 pm

    ‘Shadow environment minister Greg Hunt says PM Kevin Rudd is ‘not a fit and proper’ Prime Minister.’

    This fellow Hunt is a complete idiot and should be sacked before the election.

  28. egg permalink
    July 5, 2013 7:27 pm

    ‘Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt says it’s a great opportunity for young people, who can progress from the “army” to work as landscapers, gardeners or with councils and parks.’

    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/coalition-unveils-details-on-green-army/story-e6frfku9-1226674944269#ixzz2YA4uBgoC

  29. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 5, 2013 7:41 pm

    Sitting around in cafes while smoking dope seemed like an appropriate lifestyle to me many years ago. I really don’t think I’ve suffered.

  30. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 5, 2013 7:51 pm

    Meanwhile Min is assigning someone a disability (stuttering) who doesn’t actually have one. I don’t know that they’d appreciate Min’s rigorous defense on the basis of them having a disability that they don’t really have. Best to say she had a momentarily brain fade, and who at CW wouldn’t excuse that!!

    I mean they’ve had a brain fade that’s lasted about 3 years.

    Abbott’s 10 minutes of nodding on one occasion could have been Parkinson’s disease (or something) but I’m not sure he tried this excuse. It may not have been such a great idea if he had.

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