Axing the Green Army – Good economics? Maybe. Good politics? Certainly not.

At the time, it looked as if establishing the Green Army was just a stunt. It certainly wasn’t going to be making a significant contribution to reducing the effects of climate change in Australia.


 The Green Army at work picking up rubbish in a park

 But, it had some green credentials and got unemployed kids into the workforce. Now the Turnbull government is thinking of axing it and in doing so with the support of the Greens don’t think it’s much of a contributor to reducing carbon emissions.

What Malcolm Turnbull has done for Tony Abbott is like giving a free kick to Dan Carter in front of the goalposts.

Australia’s environmental sector wants the Turnbull government to explain its plans for significant changes to major programs, including savings of more than $350 million from axing the Green Army – Tony Abbott’s much-hyped employment project.

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg all but confirmed reports on Monday that the government’s Expenditure Review Committee had decided to kill off the program in this month’s budget update, saying savings were required from across government.


Josh Frydenberg pictured was most of the women in the Federal Liberal party

You would have expected a response from Abbott who is desperate for any opportunity to show that he is not a complete political irrelevance.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says axing the Green Army would “hardly be a smart move for a centre-right government”.

Mr Abbott and his supporters have frequently voiced concerns that the former prime minister’s legacy is being trampled on by Mr Turnbull and his skills are not being used by the government.


It’s rather quaint to see the way Abbott is trying to massage his image by using the phrase “a centre-right government” as if he is a member of it. If Tony Abbott is “centre-right”, then Malcolm Turnbull is a Trotskyite.

Headshot of Russian Revolutionary political leader and author Leon Trotsky (1879 - 1940), 1930s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Leon Trotsky (1879 – 1940), 

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