ENVIRONMENT SPENDING FELLED

The federal government has slashed environmental funding with the amount allocated for the 2020-21 year set to fall to just 60% of the amount spent in 2013-14.

The figures were compiled by environmental groups Australian Conservation Foundation and World Wildlife Fund as part of a submission to government. According to a report in The Guardian, the biggest cuts in environmental spending have been to biodiversity programs -- first cut by the government of Kevin Rudd in 2013, then abandoned altogether by the Coalition -- and to the Landcare program.