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Greens slam Qantas' Tasmanian cutbacks

Greens Leader Bob Brown says the sudden announcement by Qantas that it is abandoning Burnie and downgrading Launceston is appalling.
"No public discussion. No loyalty to Tasmania, just a high-handed kick in the teeth.
"Qantas sees it Sydney – Melbourne axis as the be-all and end-all. Provincial Australian is being treated with disdain," Senator Brown said.
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Transparency required for growing engagement between govt and companies - Brown

The Institute of Public Affairs' (IPA) report on relationships between government and non-government organisations (NGOs) should be matched by a report on relationships between the government and the corporate sector, Greens Senator Bob Brown said in Canberra today.

"Instead of picking on community groups, let's have a report mapping the relationships between the corporate sector and the government, which are far more pervasive and influential than those of NGOs," Senator Brown said.

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Oil-refining process can employ at least 15 Tasmanians, says Brown

An oil-refining business capable of employing at least 15 Tasmanians is prepared to move to the North-West Coast if $2.5 million of federal funding can be obtained as part of the Burnie assistance package.

Greens Senator Bob Brown, who is backing the proposal, said it was a perfect opportunity for the Howard Government to support an innovative and environmentally-friendly import-replacing industry.

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