The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
The Coalition has launched a revamped version of its ”green army” of young environmental volunteers but has significantly cut funding for the project.
Announcing the scheme in Sydney, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said the green army would be ”one of the signature programs of an incoming Coalition government” and would tackle issues such as degraded land and polluted waterways. Under the program, an ”army” of young workers would each be paid up to $16.03 an hour for six months’ work on projects such as cleaning riverbanks and creek beds, revegetating sand dunes and working on conservation projects.
Over the next five years, the number would rise to 15,000 workers…
Mr Abbott said climate change was important but Australia had “very big environmental challenges much nearer to home”.