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Phone tower powers curtailed in new bill

Greens Leader Bob Brown will today introduce the Telecommunications Amendment (Mobile Phone Towers) Bill 2011 into the Senate to provide a better balance between the power of telcos to put mobile phone antennae where they want and the views of communities affected.

"Mobile carriers can erect phone antennae on your land or close to where you live and there's not a lot you can do about it. We think there is room in the legislation to provide more information to communities and give them greater opportunities to object," Senator Brown said.

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Greens’ bill would give people right of reply on phone towers: Brown

Communities need to have a say in where mobile phone towers are located, and not depend on the whim of telecommunications companies, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"While Telstra's decision to withdraw its development application for a mobile phone tower at Tinderbox is welcome, people should have more influence in where mobile phone towers are located," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

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Mining tax needs fixing to protect state royalties - Brown

The federal government should not featherbed the big mining corporations by rebating state royalties, and Barry O'Farrell should get his facts right on the carbon price, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The Gillard government is in a bind over its feeble mining tax. Already, $100 billion is being lost over the next 10 years from the public purse. This is money which should be going to hospitals, housing, schools, dental care or developing high-speed rail," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

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Ta Ann shaping up as the new Gunns: Brown

The reporting of yet another loss for Ta Ann despite massive public subsidies is raising the spectre of the company as the new Gunns of Tasmania's native forest, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Ta Ann has reported an $11 million loss in the last financial year, which follows on from losses in 2006, 2007 and 2008," Senator Brown said.

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Greens getting on with the job

1 September marks one year since the Australian Greens signed an historic agreement with Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labor Government.

The Gillard agreement has achieved outcomes for Australians in terms of passage of bills and lack of confrontation between the houses. We have consultation instead of confrontation.

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Survey shows majority want coal seam gas moratorium

An overwhelming number of Australians want a moratorium on the coal seam gas industry, according to a new Galaxy poll released by Australian Greens leader Bob Brown and Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters.

The poll of 1,048 people showed that 68 per cent of Australians support a moratorium on coal seam gas (CSG) until the full health and environmental impacts of disrupting water aquifers are known.

“There is overwhelming support from the Australian people for a moratorium on this potentially devastating industry,” Senator Brown said.

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Greens Leader’s statement on the Canberra convoy

"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'."

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Support moves to protect Australians’ assets - Brown

Greens Leader Bob Brown today urged politicians of all stripes to engage in a mature debate about ownership of Australians' assets, including farm land and minerals wealth.

"The Australian Greens have one initial solution - the Foreign Acquisitions Amendment (Agricultural Land) Bill 2010 jointly sponsored by Christine Milne and Nick Xenophon - with all acquisitions by foreign interests to be subject to a proposed $5 million threshold," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

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