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Hawke's Environmental Review must be heeded by Rudd

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says today's review of the nation's environmental laws, which flags Commonwealth supervision of logging in Australia's forests, should be heeded.

"This review is badly needed," Senator Brown said.

"It echoes the findings of Justice Marshall in the Federal Court, that logging of native forests is helping drive rare and endangered species towards extinction.

"The Regional Forest Agreements are a licence to slaughter endangered species which would see other operators put in gaol," Senator Brown said.

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Garrett’s bitter blow

Environment Minister Peter Garrett's approval of Victoria's giant and unnecessary desalination plant is a failure of his responsibility, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"He is Minister for the Environment, not for saltworks. His condition that the Victoria Government ‘develop' management plans ‘to minimise the impacts' on rare or endangered species of wildlife would better fit a Minister for mines than a Minister for the environment."

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Greens prod Garrett on Container Deposit Legislation

Bob Brown 2 Mar 2009

Environment Minister Peter Garrett should be taking national leadership on Container Deposit Legislation rather than leaving it to a ministerial meeting with the states sometime later this month, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The Rudd government has been quick to respond to corporations wanting action on the financial crisis; Mr Garrett should be equally forceful in resisting the inevitable corporate opposition to have a deposit on beverage containers across Australia," Senator Brown said.

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Greens boost for local jobs and unemployed

The Government and the Greens have agreed to amendments to the $42 billion economic stimulus package, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"We have improved this package to create thousands of green jobs in communities across Australia," Senator Brown said.

"These involve approximately half a billion dollars and will create thousands of local green jobs and provide greater assistance to unemployed and low-income Australians."

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