WHO WE ARE

We’re Environment Victoria, a charity dedicated to speeding up the shift to clean energy and protecting our environment in Victoria. And it’s our job to make sure all parties do the right thing by our environment and our future.

Independent and not for profit, we’ve been campaigning to look after Victoria’s environment since 1969. With more than 40 grassroots member groups and 150,000 individual supporters, we’re a growing community of Victorians standing up for a safe climate, nature protection and a sustainable future.

OUR ROLE IN ELECTIONS

Why are we involved in this election?

This election is vitally important for Victoria. We’re building real momentum in the transition to renewable energy and supporting communities to move away from coal, which we need to do to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. We are also facing critical decisions about how we protect our precious natural world.

The decisions we make at this state election will have implications for years to come. Therefore, it is important that voters are given clear, fact-based information about major parties’ positions on these vital issues.

Environment Victoria has met with all parties contesting the Victorian Election to encourage them to have strong environmental policies. We have also worked with volunteers from across Victoria to disseminate information about the parties’ policies, so that every Victorian has the opportunity to understand where the parties stand on major environmental issues.

To assess their positions, Environment Victoria asked all parties to complete a policy survey. This survey was based on our policy agenda, and asked parties to detail their environmental policies. Parties have been encouraged to update the survey throughout the election as they release further policies.

To date we have received submissions from:

  • Fiona Patten’s Reason Party (PDF)
  • Health Australia Party (PDF)
  • Sustainable Australia (PDF)
  • The Australian Greens (PDF)
  • The Australian Labor Party (PDF)
  • Victorian Socialists (PDF)

The policy survey and research of the parties’ policies and voting record were used to create a detailed scorecard which assesses each party’s policies. This information was also used to create a simple scorecard, which highlights key issues. If you think you’ve spotted inaccuracies or inconsistencies in the scorecard, please email us immediately at policy@environmentvictoria.org.au.

What role does Environment Victoria play in elections?

Environment Victoria is a registered charity, which means we’re an independent organisation that exists to pursue our charitable purpose of protecting the environment. While we advocate strongly for environmental sustainability, we do so in a strictly non-partisan way. We regularly comment on and analyse environment policies, however we will not and cannot endorse, support or favour any political candidates or parties. We do issue scorecards, analysis and summaries throughout the election campaign, but these are limited to analysing environmental policy and never aim to support a particular party.

We have held many governments and Oppositions to account over our 50-year history, and while remaining non-partisan, we do not shy away from calling it as we see it on political parties environmental policy, whether good or bad.

As a campaigning organisation, we work to make sure every party goes to polling day with the strongest set of commitments to act on climate change and improve environmental protection. Better commitments during elections means better outcomes in government, because parties can be held to account on their own commitments.

Occasionally, some political parties are reluctant to announce positive policies for climate or environment issues, or they may release policies that are actively damaging on these issues. In this situation, we apply as much pressure to those parties as possible to first encourage them to announce better plans and, secondly, if that fails, to ensure that Victorians are aware of these damaging policies.

How does Environment Victoria develop its scorecard?

Our scorecard and associated material was developed on the basis of our policy surveys, research of announced policies and our assessment of each party’s track record in the last term of Parliament (2014-2018).

What will Environment Victoria be doing on election day?

On election day, at pre-polling booths and via email and social media, we will be distributing scorecards to Victorians across the state. This scorecard does not tell people how to vote, but provides information about each party’s policies for protecting the environment. It focuses on climate change, clean energy and cutting pollution in particular, as these are our longest-running campaigns and areas of greatest policy expertise.

How have you engaged minor parties?

Environment Victoria has taken a number of steps to provide all parties a chance to have their policies analysed. Firstly, we have invited all parties to respond to our policy survey. Secondly, we will be producing a comprehensive scorecard in the final fortnight of the campaign. Finally, we regularly meet with all parties to ensure we maximise opportunities to deliver ambitious environmental policy.