I'm surprised you mangaed to make anything of Victorian budget papers. For
my sins, as part of my work, I have to read state budget papers, and I have
found it is almost impossible to make any sense of budget papers from any
state. They seem deliberately designed to conceal the state of finances and
On 27 May 2013 08:54, Bill Stent <> wrote:
> Was a couple of weeks back now, but it's a complex set of documents
> and I'm still finding things.
> The Victorian Government's target and actual numbers for "significant
> stakeholder interactions on climate variability, adaptation and risk
> managment" (note that since the 2010 election, the Government no
> longer uses the term "climate change", if anything it's "climate
> variability"). The number of "interactions" in 2011-12 was 3,451, the
> target for 2012-13 was 1,500, which was close to what they actually
> did, and the 2013-14 target has dropped to 420.
> In a somewhat rare burst of candidness, the budget papers themselves
> explain that:"the lower 2013-14 target reflects the refocusing of DEPI
> [Department of Environment and Primary Industries] efforts into higher
> priorities" (Budget Paper No.3, 2013-14 Service Delivery, May 2013,
> I'm not entirely sure what makes up one of these "interactions", but
> I'm guessing it's things like attendance at a seminar on climate
> change, etc.
> "Higher priorities" probably means something that pays or votes.
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