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Mining tax needs fixing to protect state royalties - Brown

The federal government should not featherbed the big mining corporations by rebating state royalties, and Barry O'Farrell should get his facts right on the carbon price, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The Gillard government is in a bind over its feeble mining tax. Already, $100 billion is being lost over the next 10 years from the public purse. This is money which should be going to hospitals, housing, schools, dental care or developing high-speed rail," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

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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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Greens getting on with the job

1 September marks one year since the Australian Greens signed an historic agreement with Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labor Government.

The Gillard agreement has achieved outcomes for Australians in terms of passage of bills and lack of confrontation between the houses. We have consultation instead of confrontation.

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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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Support moves to protect Australians’ assets - Brown

Greens Leader Bob Brown today urged politicians of all stripes to engage in a mature debate about ownership of Australians' assets, including farm land and minerals wealth.

"The Australian Greens have one initial solution - the Foreign Acquisitions Amendment (Agricultural Land) Bill 2010 jointly sponsored by Christine Milne and Nick Xenophon - with all acquisitions by foreign interests to be subject to a proposed $5 million threshold," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

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The Green Dividend - Senator Bob Brown's National Press Club Address

Transcript is after the break

Ladies and Gentlemen

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the Canberra region and all the Indigenous people of Australia.

This Friday, 1 July, is the 28th anniversary of the High Court judgement which stopped the Franklin Dam. But in the preceding week of 1983, Tasmania recorded the lowest temperatures in history. It snowed heavily to sea level. The bulldozers in the Franklin and Gordon Valley were stopped. So, Mother Nature got into the act ahead of the High Court!

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Australian Greens don’t accept entrenchment of logging in wild forests

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says that the anticipated millions of dollars of taxpayers' money for logging companies should not flow if 572,000 hectares of high conservation value forests are not first protected in national parks.

"We will study today's agreement but we will not adopt it if it entrenches Malaysian logging company Ta Ann in our forests until 2042, or sets future forest destruction by industrial logging at levels making protection of the 572,000 hectares impractical," Senator Brown said.


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Federal government says no funding for pulp mill

In Senate question time today, the federal Minister for Forests Joe Ludwig told Greens Leader Bob Brown that no federal money had been sought or offered for Gunns' proposed Tamar Valley pulp mill.

Senator Ludwig said he would seek more information on Senator Brown's concern that the proposed area of Tasmanian high conservation value forests to be protected in the long-awaited forests agreement had been cut from 610,000 hectares to 592,000 and that there are proposals to cut this further in the interests of Malaysian logging company Ta Ann.

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Triabunna tourism hub bid welcomed: Brown

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today welcomed news that a consortium of buyers had put a bid in for the Triabunna woodchip mill to establish a new tourism venture.

"Triabunna is the gateway to the east coast and beautiful Maria Island but at the moment the scenery is blighted by the woodchip mill," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

"A tourism venture will provide job certainty for the town's 800 people as well as Tasmania."

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Brown calls for scrutiny of deep seabed mining

Deep seabed mining threatens our oceans and the marine environment of our neighbours, particularly Papua New Guinea where seabed mining experiments are going unchecked, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The Australian Greens are calling for scrutiny of what deep seabed mining means for the health of our oceans and our own country's natural marine resources and fisheries into the future," Senator Brown said in Hobart after ABC TV's Catalyst program examined deep seabed mining.

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