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Greens call on major parties to reject Alice Springs uranium exploration licence

The two major parties should reject the Cameco/Paladin application for a uranium exploration licence close to Alice Springs, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today, following his visit to the Northern Territory.

"A uranium mine 21km from the CBD of Alice Springs is unthinkable," Senator Brown said.

"Labor and the Country Liberal parties should have already rejected the Cameco/Paladin application," Senator Brown said.

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End destruction of NT woodlands - climate change threat

Clearance of tropical forests and woodlands in the Northern Territory has massive environmental costs and the Labor and Country Liberal parties should say how they will stop it, national Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Darwin today.

"Besides its impact in destroying the habitats of Australian wildlife, massive tonnages of carbon are released accelerating global warming," Senator Brown said.

"Together with deforestation in other states, more than 10 percent of the nation's total greenhouse gas pollution comes from deforestation," Senator Brown said.

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Wong's Desal Blunder

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong has blundered in backing the Brumby government's Bass Coast desalination plant, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"Minister Wong has said she is too busy to visit the beautiful site for this huge industrial implant, and it shows. She should be advocating a roll-out of water tanks to collect rainfall across Melbourne's metropolitan area, rather than this unnecessary desalination factory, which the locals so trenchantly oppose," Senator Brown said.

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Targets will be real measure of Rudd's climate change strategy

"And forests will be crucial" - Brown
The Minister for Climate Change, Penny Wong, is on the right track, but has a lot further to go to reorient Australia's economy and society to tackle global warming, Australian Greens leader Bob Brown said today.
"Minister Wong's speech today is on the right track, but her words are at odds with the government's actions. For example, Peter Garrett's solar rebate fiasco," Senator Brown said.
But post-Garnaut report the real five-way test for government action will be:

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Environment Ministers dodge action on plastic bags, recycling

Bob Brown 17 Apr 2008

The failure of environment ministers to take action on plastic bags and recycling underscores their hopeless capture by the big food and beverage corporations, Australian Greens leader Bob Brown said today.
"This is a plastic-wrapped, recycled failure to take action. With the exception of South Australia, it is no different to repeated failures to take action by Howard-era ministers for the environment," Senator Brown said.

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Greens call to save rainforest from loggers' road

Greens Leader Bob Brown says the fragile Tarkine rainforest wilderness in North-West Tasmania should be protected from a planned two-lane highway proposed by Forestry Tasmania, using taxpayers' money. (pg 1. The Australian)
"This is a pointy-headed project by a loggers' agency wanting to dress up its appalling image for forest and wildlife habitat destruction right across Tasmania," Senator Brown said.

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Greens say more than climate change coming

Greens leader Bob Brown says that climate change is much higher on the public agenda than with either major political party.
"The Howard' government's neglect of this huge and threatening issue now threatens themselves. The first step to tackling climate change is to change the government 13 days from now," Senator Brown said.

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