It has been a year now since the Baillieu government took the reins in Victoria. Some people thought it was going to usher in an era of progressive, small "l" liberal government that would balance the needs of business, labour and the environment in a responsible and even-handed way. In fact, it has turned into one of the most environmentally regressive governments ever seen in Australia.
The new Victorian government has systematically dismantled environmental protections and determinedly ignored its stewardship responsibilities to the environment. Whether it has been cattle-grazing in the national parks, reversing the moratorium on brown coal mining, closing down wind-farm investments or giving miners open slather on CSG, the depressing story all year has been "another week, another environmental policy failure.