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Victoria’s minister for energy, environment and climate change, Lily D’Ambrosio has responded to a report by the state’s auditor general that has found the government can’t demonstrate how well, or even if, it is managing to halt the decline of endangered wildlife.
We reported some of the findings of this review earlier including that the state’s environment department relies on old, potentially outdated data on threatened species, tells the public little about the “cost, quality or effectiveness” of its work, is significantly underfunded by the Andrews government and does not make use of all of the powers available to it under the law to protect the state’s unique plants and animals.
D’Ambrosio has provided Guardian Australia with a statement, though it doesn’t go directly to the findings of the report:
The decline in biodiversity is a global challenge – exacerbated by climate change, and Victoria’s early history of land clearing. In response we’re making record investments to protect our precious native flora and fauna.
We are also leading the way on our climate change response – cutting our greenhouse gas emissions at the fastest rate in the country as we work towards halving our emissions by 2030.
D’Ambrosio said since the Andrews government released in 2017 a 20-year plan for protecting Victoria’s biodiversity it had provided an extra $400m “to deliver environmental initiatives and we have invested more than $270m in the past two state budgets to protect our key waterways and catchments”:
Responding to this global challenge is urgent and we make no apologies for prioritising on-the-ground action to protect the largest amount of species possible.
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