Budget to offer drought relief through a carbon tax: government
A budget has promised to offer a drought relief program to Australians to help reduce floods, bushfires and drought-related costs.
Key points: $100 million for drought relief
State and federal government will support state, local government and Indigenous communities
Environment Minister Greg Hunt says it’s a “fair and reasonable” approach
Mr Abbott will meet senior water and land experts today to examine it “how we can help mitigate flooding, fire damage and drought”
The Department of Environment and Heritage Resources (Defra) will provide grants of $100 million to pay for drought relief projects across the country, and the Government of Australia will match 50 per c수원 출장 안마ent of the payment for projects in high risk areas.
“Drought relief is a major source of cost in Australia,” Mr Abbott said.
“The state and federal governments will fund a carbon price through a carbon tax – this will save millions of dollars, while ensuring people and communities are not facing drought-related costs.
“I will meet with a number of water and land experts today to review how we can do that – how we can ensure that local communities and their businesses can manage the risks of climate change and what we can do in the drought belt to mitigate flooding and fire.
“Drought is an inevitable element of our society and one that needs to be treated as such.
“It’s also a matter of concern for climate refugees and for our people as well.
“We want to work in tandem with the states and territories, the Commonwealth and businesses to provide an effective and reasonable way of addressing these challenges.”
Mr Hunt said the department would support the state and federal governments to undertake projects from small-scale projects to more complex, state-driven projects.
“It’s a fair and reasonable approach, for instance in the face of catastrophic flooding, to provide some relief through a drought relief program,” he said.
“The State and Federal Governments are committed to continuing their partnership to help manage risks from climate change to provide this sort of assist천안안마ance.
“I look forward to meeting with the heads of government later today to make this case for the assistance provided by the Federal Government and the state governments to the Australian Drought Association.”
The Drought and Floo구리안마d Program will cover flood and drought-related losses to the $4.5 trillion economy.
The department will pay up to $1 for every $100,00