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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
12 May 2005
Federal Labor only had 53 words to say in response to the Federal Budget on the environment - and they were all wrong.
In a press conference that was less than a minute long, Labor's environment spokesman Anthony Albanese's only problem with the Budget was something that had nothing to do with the Budget.
Mr Albanese wrongly accused the Government of "abolishing" the Australian Greenhouse Office and the National Oceans Office.
The truth is that both of these world-leading offices are distinct entities within the Department of the Environment and Heritage.
It has taken Mr Albanese nearly seven months to work out these two offices were moved to the administration of the Department.
This had nothing to do with the 2005-06 Budget - in fact it was announced by the Prime Minister in a media release on 22 October 2004.
Mr Albanese also said there was "absolutely nothing" in the Budget to address climate change.
He must have missed all the climate change measures in the 2005-06 Budget, including:
The Australian Government's total of $1.8 billion for climate change measures has Australia among the world's leading nations in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Senator Campbell's office: Renae Stoikos (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434