LOCAL climate change advocates have raised fears over the government’s abolition of the Climate Commission.
The Abbott government has disbanded the commission, which was set up by the former Labor government and headed by former Australian of the Year Tim Flannery.
Make a Change Australia director Karen Corr described the move as “a major concern”.
“The Climate Commission provides independent evidence-based information regarding climate change as well as what’s happening internationally, and on the economics of the carbon price,” she said.
“And the government needs to use independent evidence-based information to make decisions and policies.
“It’s a real concern how the current government is going to be making decisions on climate change policies without independent science-based evidence.
“It’s likely to be a major detriment.”
Bendigo member-elect Lisa Chesters said it was a disappointing step.
“Naturally there will be a local impact,” she said.
“You cannot tackle climate change without a local, state and national approach.
“The industries that have been created in central Victoria around the transition to a more sustainable and greener economy will struggle to survive.”
Former Bendigo Greens candidate Lachlan Slade said the government had put “climate change off the agenda". An assistant to Environment Minister Greg Hunt did not return calls Thursday.