21 Aug 2011
"Some might call the predicted thousands of trucks descending on Canberra ending up as hundreds (ABC, 21/8/11) a ‘flop', but these Australians have every right to a peaceful presence on the parliamentary lawns," Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"It seems like the prime qualification to be there is to be angry about something - these are Abbott's angry people," Senator Brown said.
"But it seems their views on some issues are fairly shorted sighted, very ‘me-now'."
"The number of angry people in Canberra tomorrow will increase much more than the numbers of truckers arriving in town," Senator Brown predicted.
13 Mar 2009
Greens call for action
The MV Pacific Adventurer, now berthed at Hamilton in the Brisbane River, is leaking oil.
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, who flew over the ship at 1pm with state Greens MP Ronan Lee, says there is a 500 metre oil slick going down the Brisbane River from the ship.
"It has escaped a boom around the stern. It calls for urgent action to protect the Brisbane River's environment from the same ship which has polluted the beautiful beaches of Moreton Island and the Sunshine Coast," Senator Brown said
17 Sep 2007
The US' elder statesman on finance, Dr Alan Greenspan has got it "completely wrong" in his new book asserting 'what everyone knows: the Iraq war is about oil', Australia's Minister for Finance told the Senate today.
Greens leader Bob Brown quoted Prime Minister Howard from 4 February 2003: "No criticism is more outrageous than the claim that US behaviour is driven by a wish to take control of Iraq's oil reserves."
"The Prime Minister misled 21 million Australians in 2003," Senator Brown said. "Greenspan reveals just how great the Prime Minister's failure to reveal the truth has been," Senator Brown said.
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01 Nov 2006
The Howard Policy Agenda 1996 to 2006
Over the last 10 years the Howard government has repeatedly pushed climate change policy in the wrong direction. The economics of climate change are straight forward, we need to charge polluters for their emissions and give people and companies incentives to increase efficiency. The politics of climate change, however, has encouraged the Howard Government to spend billions of dollars pushing the economy in the wrong direction. The biggest mistakes of the last decade are:
Perverse policy measure
Abolishing the indexation of fuel excise in 2001
$1.309 billion in 2005-06
Continuation of the diesel fuel rebate.
$2.572 billion in 2005-06
FBT tax concessions for company cars
$1,140 billion in 2005-06.
Reversal of the decision to introduce a heavy vehicle road user charge for road freight.
$1,210 billion in 2005-06
Supporting old growth logging and land clearing.
$50 -110 million (estimate)
Scrapping the world leading Australian Centre for Renewable Energy at the UNSW and replacing it with the Centre for Clean Coal at the University of Newcastle
Refusing to introduce mandatory fuel efficiency targets for fleet vehicles
Refusing to extend the highly effective Mandatory Renewable Energy Target scheme.
Introducing a 10 per cent tax on public transport.
Refusing to ratify the Kyoto protocol.
"Fixing climate change should save the government money, not cost the Government money. The Government is spending more than $5 billion dollars per year making climate change worse, but if they were to put a price on carbon they would simultaneously raise revenue and reduce pollution," said Senator Brown.
"The Stern Report concluded that the world needs to spend around one percent of total production to address climate change. The $5 billion Australia is wasting on a few poorly targeted measures accounts for around 0.5% of Australia's GDP. If we charged the polluters for their greenhouse gas emissions and directed that $5 billion towards new investment Australia would be half way there," concluded Senator Brown.
23 May 1999
The Democrats have already conceded a massive subsidy for diesel users, benefiting mining, transport and logging corporations but penalising ordinary Australians with huge health and environmental costs, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.
Senator Brown described Senator Lees" assurances on the environment as "double-talk".
"On the one hand she says "diesel fuel is not negotiable" (Sunday, Ch.9, today), but on the other says "absolutely everything we took to the election is on the table!
"As with food, the major sell-out on Democrats" tax policy ensuring "ecological sustainability" has already occurred. First she conceded prepared food. Now Senator Lees has conceded a $1 billion diesel subsidy on top of the government"s existing $1.5 billion subsidy. Unlike the existing subsidy, which is for off-road use, the Democrats" $1 billion will benefit heavy on-road transport including woodchip trucks and mining B-doubles, as well as mining rail transport.
In April, Senator Allison demanded an assurance of the Howard Government in the Senate (Hansard, p.4146) that "the government will do nothing to encourage any increase in diesel use in this country". Now she enters discussions with the Environment Minister Robert Hill, having already agreed to a $1 billion rebate. She is not negotiating for the environment but on how to hold the line on a polluting package in breach of her party"s own tax policy.
"Senator Hill, the master of greenwash, will beguile Senator Allison with a set of green beads to put around this redneck package", Senator Brown said.
The other hidden deal is against community groups. The Democrats have already acceded to a package which will add a new tax to non-profit organisations wherever their activities are seen to compete with private enterprise.
"This will hit charitable and community groups hard", Senator Brown said.