Direct Action funding gone missing

The release of the government's mid-year budget numbers was missing something rather important - the funding for its signature climate policy, the Emission Reduction Fund. This was in addition to a range of other major cuts to climate programs.

The government has rather oddly chosen to not reveal the funding it will allocate to the Direct Action Emission Reduction Fund, nor the Million Solar Roofs program in the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

In a move that will raise eyebrows and some degree of suspicion, the budget papers outline that funding for the Emission Reduction Fund has been assigned to the budget’s contingency reserve.

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