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Coalition commits funding to National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility



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Media Release

The Hon Greg Hunt MP Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage

Steven Ciobo MP Member for Moncrieff

Saturday 24 August 2013

Coalition commits funding to National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

A Coalition Government will provide $9 million to the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, ensuring its important research continues.

Funding for the facility, an initiative of the previous Coalition Government, has ceased under the Rudd Labor Government.

Shadow Minister for Climate Action Greg Hunt said Kevin Rudd didn't terminate the Carbon Tax but he did terminate funding for the Adaptation Research Facility.

If elected, the Coalition will provide the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility with $9 million over three years.

“Without the Coalition’s support this program would end. It shows the hypocrisy of Kevin Rudd,” Mr Hunt said.

“The withdrawal of funding for this program sums up Labor’s flawed approach to environmental policies. It’s all about grand statements but there’s very little practical work in addressing environmental challenges.

“I am pleased that we can announce here at Griffith University that a Coalition Government will reinstate this program. It is very important in providing practical research and guidance on how we deal with the challenges of climate change.

“I know local government in particular is seeking guidance on how it can deal with long term planning issues. We need to develop systems that enable them to make decisions for now and in the future,” Mr Hunt said.

Local MP Steven Ciobo said: “It was the Coalition which initially funded the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and it’s the Coalition which will continue to provide funding.

“Labor has sung the praises of the facility but it has done absolutely nothing to secure its future. Kevin Rudd and Labor are simply all talk,” Mr Ciobo said.

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