Greg Hunt defends government's environment record

ABBOTT Government frontbencher Greg Hunt has defended his government's environmental record, as The Greens have hit out at "an all out attack" by the government on Australia's "priceless environment".

On World Environment Day in Canberra on Thursday, Mr Hunt released a statement that said the government was "focused on meaningful action that will make a real difference".

Mr Hunt cited the government's Green Army program for 15,000 volunteer workers, commitments to help the Great Barrier Reef and Antarctic research as part of the government's actions.

But Greens environment spokeswoman, Senator Larissa Waters said the government's first nine months had been a "radical agenda" with "cuts to environment programs and protections across the board".

The minor party released a report, highlighting a range of issues where it believed the government has not taken enough action, including the reef, where $40 million has been pulled from the Reef Rescue program to fund the Reef Trust.

But that trust, Mr Hunt has said, will be dedicated to new research investments about the reef and help improve water quality, despite budget cuts to the Environment Department and marine park authority on the way.


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