"Australia is in the middle of a climate change wildfire and Peter Costello just fired a water pistol at it."
- Senator Lyn Allison (Australian Democrats), 9.5.07
Peter Costello got some feedback from God this morning. Here is the transcript of their conversation.
"At this rate, it will take Australia 267 years to make the kind of shift to solar that California has planned for 10 years - a million solar roofs by 2017."
- Senator Christine Milne (The Greens), 8.5.07
Senator Milne is referring to the extensions in the solar panel rebate program, or PVRP - Photo Voltaic Rebate Program announced in the 2007-08 Federal Budget. Extensions worth $150 million - that's $7 per capita. Seven dollars.
There's three main areas that I have been focusing on in studying this Federal Budget:
- Environmental management
- Millennium Development Goal No.1 on foreign aid
- Tackling indigenous poverty
And the Government is not scrubbing up too well in these areas.
Let's start with foreign aid, and the two opening paragraphs from Alexander Downer's press release on the Overseas Aid budget announcements: