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Hybrid mega-cat under "assessment process"

Australian Greens leader Bob Brown says the threat to Australia's native wildlife from proposed imported cats cross-bred with wild African killer cats is horrific to contemplate.
But, in Senate question time, the government indicated it has made no decision on plans to import the cats – 16 are in US quarantine on their way to Australia.
"I call on Environment Minister Peter Garrett to stop this cat import bid in its tracks," Senator Brown said today.
"He should close the loophole in Australian law allowing importers to order these dangerous cats," Senator Brown said.

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Greens' senate move to ban junk food ads during kids TV

Greens Leader Bob Brown will move an amendment to the Communications Legislation Amendments (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2008 (CLAMM) in the senate today, banning junk food advertising during children's TV viewing hours.
"The Greens' amendment will introduce a national ban on junk food advertising during children's television. The current advertising regulations are inadequate and no longer meet community needs or standards," Senator Brown said.

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GM status requires urgent Rudd action – Greens

The Rudd government should override the Victorian and NSW governments' decision to lift the ban on genetically modified canola crops, Greens leader Bob Brown said today.
"This is a nation- changing decision being made by two state governments. It has huge ramifications across Australia - the Constitution ensures that there can be no confinement of the GM produce to the states involved," Senator Brown said.

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Australia must keep GM-free advantage

With the Coalition supporting the states' plans to give away Australia's genetically-modified (GM) free food status, Rudd Labor should declare its hand, Greens leader Bob Brown said today, campaigning with SA Greens senate candidate Sarah Hanson-Young in Adelaide.
 "GM-free status has been giving Australia's canola producers a premium on world markets. Worldwide, consumers are more and more diligent in avoiding contaminated foods and are increasingly drawn to organic foods," Senator Brown said.

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GREENS National Initiative on Forests and Climate POLICY

 Launceston. Both Labor and the Coalition are promoting Gunns' Tamar Valley pulp mill which, together with two Gunns' export woodchip mills, will consume more than 200,000 hectares of native forests over the next 20 years.  The mill will increase national greenhouse gas emissions by up to two per cent.
The Greens' plan in Tasmania, launched in Launceston today by Greens leader Bob Brown, is to:

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Howard's ABC TV ploy fails children on obesity - Brown

 Greens call for junk food ad ban. 
"Prime Minister Howard's new ad-free digital ABC TV option for children will leave most kids splattered by junk-food ads," Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"The new ad-free channel is a good idea, but it is no antidote to the fact that most kids will still be watching the commercials."

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Greens call to end junk food advertising

Greens Leader Bob Brown today launched the Greens' policy to ban junk food advertising during children's television viewing hours.
"There is only one reason that hundreds of millions of dollars is spent advertising junk food to kids: because it works," Senator Brown said in Adelaide today with SA Greens senate candidate Sarah Hanson-Young.
An international consumer conference in Sydney has heard that one in five children now either overweight or obese and that by 2020, only 35 per cent of young Australians will be categorised as "normal" or "underweight".

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Greens get top marks on rural health

The National Rural Heath Alliance has issues its updated election scorecard, placing the Australian Greens ahead of all other political parties, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Unlike Labor and the Coalition, The Greens prioritise investing in health, education and tackling climate change above giving out billions of dollars in tax cuts," Senator Brown said.

"The Greens are committed to delivering better health services for Australians living in rural and remote areas, including for Indigenous Australians."

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Drought to hit food prices - Greens

The drought and climate change will hit food prices and bring greater hardship to Australia's pensioners and low income earners – Mr Howard's forgotten battlers, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"Neither Howard nor Rudd mentioned the Murray-Darling Basin's plight in the Leaders' Debate but as October shapes up as the hottest and driest October on record, the impact will be national," Senator Brown said.

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