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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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Polling shows 85% want immediate protection for Tasmania's forests: Brown

Bob Brown 30 Aug 2011

Australians want national park status for 570,000 hectares of Tasmania's native forests identified by the intergovernmental agreement as needing immediate protection, polling released today by Greens Leader Bob Brown showed.

"Overall, 85% of Australians believe the 570,000 of native forests should be made national parks, and support is consistent across all ages and states," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

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Libs move to block urgent forestry funds from Canberra

Bob Brown 22 Aug 2011

In the Senate this afternoon the Liberals blocked a vote on Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown’s motion condemning the Liberals’ failure to provide a constructive alternative to scores of contractors facing market downturn, closures of three export woodchip mills and regional areas of Tasmania the development opportunities the package will provide.

The Greens allowed a vote on two Liberal motions on the same issue last week.

“This is a Liberal effort to block $80 million flowing to Tasmanian forestry contractors facing business ruin.

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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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Hodgman won’t pay their bills

Bob Brown 20 Aug 2011

Will Hodgman’s tearing up of the Commonwealth–State forests agreement means he wants $276 million sent back to Canberra, Greens Leader Bob Brown today. 

“This is Will Hodgman leaving scores of contractors to financial ruin. He is offering not financial alternative. 

“When the logging crowd chanted ‘save our mills, pay our bills’ Mr Hodgman offered to do neither. The forests agreement offers an option for both,” Senator Brown said. 

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Brown calls for Forestry Tasmania to open data bank

Bob Brown 18 Aug 2011

Greens Leader Bob Brown has attacked Forestry Tasmania's clamp on basic information and its failure to open up its data bank to public scrutiny.

"Forestry Tasmania's data bank is a public asset. That data - and not just modelling using selected fragments of it - should be publicly
available," Senator Brown said today.

In the Senate, Senator Brown yesterday attacked Forestry Tasmania's selective use of information and its refusal to open up its data bank so that Tasmania's forest resource could be evaluated independently.

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Brown backs Harriss' call for up-front forest consideration

Bob Brown 15 Aug 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says there is good sense in Legislative Councillor Paul Harriss' call for state parliament to be involved up-front with Tasmania's $276 million forest deal with the Commonwealth. 

"The Greens urged Labor to ensure the disbursement of the $276 million go hand-in-hand with the immediate protection of High Conservation Value forest as in the 2010 agreement between the logging industry and environmentalists," Senator Brown said. 

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