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Dec 13, 2017

Crikey Worm: government slashes environment spending

Good morning, early birds. Government funding for environmental projects will soon fall to just 60% of the amount spent in 2013-14. Plus, former prime minister Julia Gillard has a warning for the government. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Max Chalmers

Freelance journalist

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.

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