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New poll shows overwhelming support for a polluters’ tax - Brown

Australians prefer a polluters’ tax by a margin of 3-1 over a Tony Abbott-style plan to pay polluters, a Galaxy poll released by Greens Leader Bob Brown shows.

“Each dollar given to polluters is taken off householders and reduces money available for the investment that is needed to develop a cleaner, safer, healthier economy,” Senator Brown said in Canberra.

The Galaxy Research telephone poll of 1,036 people across Australia, conducted for the Australian Greens on 18-20 March as part of a Galaxy Omnibus, found overwhelming support for a polluters’ tax.

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Sky Agenda interviews Senator Bob Brown

Greens Leader Bob Brown joined Australian Agenda's Peter Van Onselen and Paul Kelly in the Sky News studio in Sydney on March 13, 2011.

You can read the transcript after the link:

Peter Van Onselen: Welcome to Australian Agenda. I'm Peter Van Onselen. Well we've got a big program for you. Shortly we'll be speaking to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Bob Brown. Paul Kelly, thank you. Without further ado, we are joined here in the studio by the Leader of the Australian Greens, as I mentioned earlier, Bob Brown. Thanks for your company.

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Bob Brown on Meet the Press - 27-2-2011

Greens Leader Bob Brown discusses the carbon tax, mining tax and constitutional issues with Paul Bongiorno on Meet the Press.

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PAUL BONGIORNO, PRESENTER: Hello and welcome to Meet The Press. Nature, the destroyer, made another unwanted appearance in 2011. New Zealand's deadly earthquake dominated the week, dwarfing the concerns of Canberra. As with our own natural disasters, the scale of destruction and human suffering in Christchurch was a powerful unifier in the normally fiercely combative forum of parliament.

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The Role of Global Warming

After the hottest and wettest year in recorded history, the seas off northern Australia are also currently warmer than ever before.  This heat has led to increased evaporation and so, rainfall.

 Sceptics and defenders of the coal industry may dispute this scientific data, but they don’t.  Instead, they are arguing that there should be no debate – not, at least, until some undefined time in the future when the cataclysm has passed and its injuries are behind us. 

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Dili deserves better from Canberra, Brown says

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says the WikiLeaks exposure of a senior Australian diplomat's description of Timor-Leste as "a burden" underscores a mean and unneighbourly attitude in Canberra.

"This is the region's richest country putting down its poorest neighbour," Senator Brown said today.

"Instead, Australia should be fostering 'special nation' status for Timor-Leste and helping it with education, health, transport and renewable solar power."

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Greens: SA will become renewable energy export hub

The Australian Greens propose an extended electricity grid across Australia to bring renewable energy on line.

"This can convert South Australia, an importer in the age of fossil fuels, to a renewable energy exporter," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

Speaking in Adelaide today, Senator Brown said South Australia had huge potential for geothermal, solar and wind power.

"However, there should be a full inventory of this potential to ensure investment in the grid is configured to meet future renewable energy production.

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