Direct Action will need more public servants than the Department of Climate Change

The Australia Institute today called on Opposition Treasury spokesman Joe Hockey to outline how many public servants they will require to administer their ‘direct action’ climate change plan, in light of his comments about disbanding the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Mr Hockey has said that the Coalition is considering disbanding the Department of Climate Change as part of its plan to slash 12,000 public servants. The Institute has estimated that to achieve their emission reduction goal of 713 million tonnes by 2020 the Coalitions Direct Action Plan would need to process more than 150,000 highly technical grant applications requiring between two and four times the current staff of DCC to administer.

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