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Greens Leader: New Year's Message

Greens Leader Bob Brown said today his aim is to give Australia progressive and prosperous governance in 2011, beginning with work towards a Gillard government carbon price to tackle global warming, stimulate the economy and generate new business opportunities.

"Amid more extreme weather events, which are occurring more frequently, the new year gives Australians a chance to think beyond ‘sides' and embrace effective, innovative and green ways of building a future for the developed economy that is most at risk from global warming," Senator Brown said.

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Listing must halt destructive crossing - Brown

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says he's received preliminary legal advice that emergency heritage listing of the Jordan River levee should stop the proposed Brighton bypass going ahead.

"Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has noted that the heritage values of the levee are under significant threat," Senator Brown said in Hobart today.

"It is illegal to cause significant impact on a listed site - to do so results in large penalties.

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Greens support heritage listing to protect the Kimberley from industrialisation - Brown

Greens Leader Bob Brown today welcomed the Australian Heritage Council's recommendation that James Price Point, the proposed site of Woodside's gas factory, be included in a national heritage listing for the West Kimberley.

"Environment Minister Tony Burke has already postponed his decision on the national heritage listing for the West Kimberley until mid-2011, and the council's recommendation should now help him to list the area as one of national heritage significance," Senator Brown said.

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Jordan River project should be altered

Greens Leader Bob Brown, who visited the Aboriginal campsite by the Jordan River this morning, says the proposed bridge and smothering earthworks should be stopped while prudent and feasible options are considered.

"The Commonwealth should not pay the cheque until a win-win option is adopted. The crossing should be rerouted," Senator Brown said.

"Failing that, a single-span bridge over the Jordan without further earthworks compacting the western side of the site, should be a last resort option.

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Full house for inaugural Greens oration with David Suzuki

Tonight's inaugural Greens oration by Canada's Professor David Suzuki at Hobart Town Hall is a sell out.

"We are delighted with the huge interest in Suzuki's speech," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"It is going to be a great night and will be led off by a six minute film clip on the establishment of the world's first green party at a public meeting protesting against the flooding of Lake Pedder at the Town Hall on the 23rd of March 1972. 

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