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Old economy wins while new economy loses

Public mental health and private mineral wealth are the big winners out of this year's budget, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The Greens are celebrating the $1.5 billion boost to mental health funding, although we are shocked to discover that almost $0.5 billion is outside the forward estimates. There is a bias in the overall budget to the influential mining barons who are unelected and send massive profits overseas. While the mining corporations gain, programs for Australians, including the environment have been cut by billions," Senator Brown said.

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It’s not too late to safeguard a 21st century economy - Brown

The Australian Greens will push for a sovereign wealth fund to help fund the needs of future generations, as well as seek to improve budget measures in the immediate budget cycle, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"A sovereign wealth fund could underpin Australia's move into a low-carbon future, serving as a source of funding for long-term projects such as high-speed rail and metro light rail," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

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Three Capes rethink a good sign

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has welcomed the federal government’s acknowledgement of accommodation options outside the Tasman National Park as part of the controversial Three Capes proposal.

“Federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese has told us that the Parks service is taking the community’s concerns into account in its planning for where accommodation for a revamped walk will go,” Senator Brown said in Hobart.

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Forest deal breaks public trust: Brown

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today that the deal struck between Forestry Tasmania CEO Bob Gordon and federal independent facilitator Bill Kelty was a breach of public trust in the forest principles process.

"Mr Kelty says 'let me place on record our appreciation of Bob Gordon and Forestry Tasmania for your support in this difficult process' - no mention of environmentalists."

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Brown says federal forest money misdirected

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says he is alarmed that Tasmania's forest moratorium is no longer a moratorium.

"Logging will not be stopped, as agreed, in all high conservation value forests by 15 March. The loggers have breached the agreement," Senator Brown said.

"The loggers' agreement to a 'full' moratorium from the 15 March now comes with strings attached to the public purse. And rather than reduce the scale of forest destruction, it is to be transferred to other
forests at taxpayers' expense.

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Greens to Gillard: no taxpayers' money to Gunns

The Australian Greens will not accept taxpayers' money being diverted into Gunns' Tamar Valley pulp mill proposal, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

"More than $1 billion of public funds has gone to Tasmanian loggers in the past 25 years and yet thousands of jobs have been jettisoned by the same companies." 

"If established, a pulp mill will create just 300 jobs at a time that the Tasmanian Treasurer is flagging 1000 jobs being shed due to budget stringencies."

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