Tony Abbott’s Green Army idea could be axed by Malcolm Turnbull

Remember back when Tony Abbott was Prime Minister and he came up with the Green Army idea? If you’ve forgotten,
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Remember back when Tony Abbott was Prime Minister and he came up with the Green Army idea?

If you’ve forgotten, the Green Army idea was created to force young unemployed people to work on conservation projects.

The $360 million project would have paid 15,000 unemployed youths between $614.40 and $996.6O per fortnight to undertake a number of projects include protecting animal habitats, heritage restoration and restoring native vegetation.

But, now it looks like it’s getting the axe, according to reports in the Australian Financial Review.

December 19 marks mid-year budget review day for the Federal Government, and Treasurer Scott Morrison is under pressure to making savings.

It’s being reported that the Green Army idea will be replaced with $100 million in extra funding for Landcare, as part of an agreement the government made with the Greens to pass its Backpacker Tax.

The Expenditure Review Committee, who review government spending and suggest where cuts should be made, believe the Green Army should be axed.

They say the government could hand out grants to have Landcare do the job instead, considering a chunk of the Green Army funding was being spent on fees to job agencies.

The AFR reports that a source confirmed some MPs would be unhappy about the project being axed, with some believing it was a good idea to get young unemployed people to tackle local problems.

There are also fears that if the Greens knew the Green Army deal was being axed, they would have asked for more money for Landcare.

But despite the reports, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg wasn’t confirming anything.

He told ABC radio this morning the Green Army was a very successful program for the government.

“But these are issues which have to be looked at in the context of the overall budget situation,” he said.

“I don’t want to pre-empt what will happen in MYEFO other than to say we have to find savings across the board.”

What do you think? Would axing the Green Army idea be a wise move?

  1. May Pearson  

    Another training program to be downgraded or to disappear – there is so many young adults out there who have learning/literacy issues because the educations system failed them as they didn’t fit in the ‘going onto university mold’. In my eyes you have not passed year 10 when you have failed every subject yet they give students a certificate & say they can now go on to year 11.
    The TAFE system has been downgraded and we have private training companies who want you to do it all on line – great but what if you can’t read or put sentence together. These young adults need hands on learning & support with another adult guiding them & to give them the confidence to try and keep going – many have just given up, hopefully they have a family to try and help them.

  2. colin  

    this shows how gullible the Greens are. They bargained with the devil for $100 million to let his legislation through , now 4350 million is taken from the are?????

  3. robgee  

    Seems like we can start using malcolm and moron interchangeably. I dont deny the land care program is necessary, but so is the green army. The kids are learning so much more than landcare like getting out of bed and being at work on time, what is an acceptable full days work, how to thin and work independently etc.

    Maybe Mal the moron could take the billions he is giving to the UN to interfere in our lives and put us in danger by forcing us to take the wrong type of immigrant and invest on more of the green army type projects.

    Mal the moron is, in fact, playing that kids game where you hit the guy that dared to be better than you and bully him by telling him he did a bad job. Have a look at how many Abbot initiates little sooky Mal is cancelling or pushing under the carpet. What a purile money wasting twerp!!!

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