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Big business declares war on the community: Greens

Today's call to strip down environmental processes and fast track everything - mining mega-developments to shopping centres - is a war on the Australian people's quality of life and the environment by the big end of town, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The idea of not providing protections for wild and scenic Australia as the big mining corporations roll in and do what they like will horrify Australians who respect this nation's wildlife and scenic beauty," Senator Brown said.

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Not too late to slow the mining gravy train

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today welcomed the AWU's support for the Greens' advocacy of a mining tax package that delivers a fair return and sets aside funds for future generations in a sovereign wealth fund.

"We want a 40% super profits mining tax so the largely foreign-owned mining companies pay their fair share for the resources owned by the Australian people," Senator Brown said.

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Essential to put economy & services ahead of doctrinaire surplus

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today's Essential poll, showing 73% support maintaining services and investment and a delay in returning to a budget surplus, backs the Greens' call for the Government to drop its doctrinaire insistence on a 2012-13 surplus.

"This Essential poll shows public opinion is aligned with the Greens in putting the economy and services ahead of the political mantra of a budget surplus," Senator Brown said.

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Cardinal Pell should nail Mammon

Bob Brown 7 Apr 2012

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has rebuffed Cardinal Pell's Easter attack on the Greens as not very Christian.

"I hope the good Cardinal reads The Australian's Easter editorial noting comments from Melbourne's Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart and calling for ‘forgiveness, atonement, hope, tolerance and generosity'. Somewhere up the Hume Highway as you get towards Archbishop Pell these sound religious values tend to evaporate," Senator Brown said today in Hobart.

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Wrong way on economy, go back: Brown to Swan

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has called on Treasurer Wayne Swan to reverse the government's doctrinaire insistence on a surplus in the May budget.

"The cuts affecting art galleries, environmental well-being and a growing range of public services are not just unnecessary, they threaten Australia's small business economy and jobs in the public and private sector," Senator Brown said today in Hobart.

"A growing number of experienced economists are saying 'wrong way, go back' to the Treasurer.

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Brown to attend Third Global Greens Congress in Senegal

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown will deliver a major address at the Global Greens Congress 2012 in Dakar, Senegal.

"There has been a rapid rise of support for the Greens in Africa and there are now more than 20 Green parties across the continent," Senator Brown said.

"This is the third Global Greens Congress, after the conference in Canberra in 2001 established the process, and is the first to be held in Africa. The second Congress was held in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in 2008."

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