MBN – this government is just not interested in the environment

MBN – this government is just not interested in the environment

Julie Bishop axes funding earmarked to save endangered Sumatran rhinoceros, 
The Guardian reports. “$3m pledged by Labor cancelled in move conservationists say is ‘devastating’ to the 100 rhinos still believed to be in the wild.”

How can we let the most endangered large mammal in the world just fall off the cliff of existence in our near neighbour?

How much is 3 million in the national scheme of things?

“Federal government departments are running up costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars each month to ferry public servants around in taxis.” Noel Towell, The Canberra Times, February 3, 2014

“A new wing of the monumental ”Brandis Library” is set to open after two Commonwealth departments agreed to pool their money to buy the Attorney-General a new bookcase.
George Brandis’ bibliographic difficulties came to public attention with revelations he spent more than $20,000 of taxpayers’ funds on a personal library and a custom-built bookcase that was too big to be moved into his new office when the Coalition won government . . . spending almost $13,000 of taxpayers’ funds in four years on books and magazines, including cartoons, the thriller The Marmalade Files and Christopher Hitchens’ memoir Hitch-22.” Jonathan Swan, SMH, 20.1.2014

“Coalition NBN to cost $41bn, miss delivery dates”, By Ry Crozier ITnews, Dec 12, 2013

I have seen plenty of white rhinos in Southern Africa, and even been chased by them while on horseback but a Sumatran rhino is the smallest of the living rhinoceroses and the only Asian rhino with two horns. The Sumatran rhino is considered the most “primitive” rhino species, because of its hairy skin and other prehistoric characteristics. It is the closest living relative to the famous woolly rhinoceros that lived in the frigid lands of Europe and Asia during the ice-age.

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