Opposition Welcomes Green Scheme

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FEDERAL MP Luke Hartsuyker has welcomed the announcement of a major environmental initiative which would see 15,000 workers hired to work on local environment projects across the country.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott announced on Thursday night that if the Coalition was returned to government at the next election, they would pay workers to help local councils and landcare agencies address areas of environmental degradation.

"These workers would be paid a wage which would provide more people with an opportunity to pursue a career working in the environment," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"Like health and cost of living pressures, Kevin Rudd has been all talk and no action on the environment. His inaction on whaling is a perfect example.

"Despite all of the Prime Minister's grandstanding, the reality is the Rudd Government has cut funding for local landcare projects and ignored the tremendous national benefit that results from supporting thousands of local projects across Australia.

"This is an excellent practical policy which will deliver outcomes on the ground. It will build on the success of the Green Corps program, but importantly it will provide more Australians with the opportunity to pursue environmental regeneration as a vocation. …