Victoria's climate of uncertainty

Climate change is an intensely sensitive subject for the Baillieu Government and with pressure coming from Tony Abbott, Victoria's work on climate change and renewable energy policy has come to a standstill.

The Victorian Government’s drive to cut 3,600 public servants is already having a major impact on environmental policy and programs as managers are instructed to shed staff. The cuts are to be achieved by a combination of a recruitment freeze, non-renewal of fixed term contracts and offering voluntary redundancy packages.

The announced target represents 10 per cent of the core public service. The exemption of large groups of ‘front line’ staff has magnified the impact on those staff involved in policy, research and administrative support.

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