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Brown slams fish farm review

Greens Leader Bob Brown, along with local residents and organisations, has made a submission to the Marine Planning Panel’s review of Tassal’s request to expand its Soldiers Point salmon farm, which held a public hearing in Hobart today.

“Many of these submissions expressed serious concerns about antibiotic use, damage to the marine environment, sustainability and noise. However, the planning authority’s written response to these submissions had too little scientific basis and too much unsubstantiated opinion," Senator Brown said.

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Federal funds should improve Tasman tracks


The federal government's pledge to fund the flawed Three Capes proposal should be spent on much needed improvements to existing tracks in the Tasman National Park and elsewhere, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

"The state of tracks in Tasmania's national parks, including the Tasman National Park, is way behind, for example, the standards in New Zealand. Track building provides much needed employment and also opens up parks so people can appreciate these beautiful areas," Senator Brown said.

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Bob Brown's speech on recent disasters in Australia

I join with the previous speakers in supporting this motion wherein the Senate acknowledges the extraordinary destruction, death and anguish that have come to so many parts of this great country of ours in recent months through floods, cyclones and fires. The total toll can now be measured in more than 40 lives; more than 40,000 homes destroyed or inundated by flood waters; and a monetary cost of at least $12 billion in damage concentrated on a small part of the Australian population.

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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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Greens join people across Australia in offering condolences - Brown

Greens Leader Bob Brown today offered condolences for the victims of flooding in Queensland and said his heart goes out to those who have lost friends and loved ones.

"I and my fellow Greens join people right across Australia in offering our condolences to the people and communities who have lost friends and loved ones," Senator Brown said.

"Our thoughts are also with the rescue workers in their essential tasks they are undertaking in remarkably difficult conditions."

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Abbott's dam plan is ill-conceived - Brown

Dams can increase the risk of flooding and impose irreversible changes that damage forests, wetlands, fisheries and farmland, nor should the devastating Queensland floods cause any delay to Murray-Darling reforms, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Dams may prevent smaller floods but can increase damage during exceptionally large floods when severe weather events cause a sudden release of water," Senator Brown said.

"Tony Abbott's plan is ill-conceived."

"Australia's flood history shows that major floods can top dams built in their way."

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Greens Leader: New Year's Message

Greens Leader Bob Brown said today his aim is to give Australia progressive and prosperous governance in 2011, beginning with work towards a Gillard government carbon price to tackle global warming, stimulate the economy and generate new business opportunities.

"Amid more extreme weather events, which are occurring more frequently, the new year gives Australians a chance to think beyond ‘sides' and embrace effective, innovative and green ways of building a future for the developed economy that is most at risk from global warming," Senator Brown said.

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