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Vulnerable koalas need national protection

The Australian Greens are calling on Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett to immediately list the koala as a vulnerable species until more information about the nation-wide numbers and health is known.

In Sydney with NSW Senate candidate Lee Rhiannon today, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said a national inquiry into long-term health of koala populations is needed.

"The koala is an iconic and much-loved Australian animal but we don't know enough about their status to say if they are threatened or not," said Senator Brown.

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Greens act for national water efficiency plan

In the Senate the Australian Greens will move to introduce national mandatory water efficiency standards for residential and commercial buildings after the federal election.

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown will announce the new plan to help Australian cities plan for and cope with a water-restricted future at the sustainable 60L Building in Melbourne today with Victorian Senate candidate Dr. Richard Di Natale.

"Despite many Australians' hard work reducing their water use, Australia still has the highest per capita water-use in the world," said Senator Brown.

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Brown visits last resident of doomed farming town

Visiting the Darling Downs today Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said the Greens would stand up for farming communities against multinational mining companies.

Senator Brown met with Glenn Beutel, the last resident of the town of Acland (former pop. 250) after the buy up of all other properties by coal mining companies.

"The town due to totally disappear into a massive open cut mine for coal exports," said Senator Brown.

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Greens will protect Coral Sea

The Australian Greens today announced a new plan to protect the Coral Sea environment from oil and gas extraction, unsustainable fishing and pollution.

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said a new Coral Sea Marine Reserve would protect one of Australia's most magnificent marine areas.

"The Coral Sea is home to many endangered species including but only 1% is protected," said Senator Brown.

The Greens proposal would allow recreational game fishing in the western (closest to land) region of the marine park north of Cairns.

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Greens offer stable leadership, climate change action

“A strong safe crossbench in the Senate” - Brown

“I offer the electorate experienced and stable leadership, and the progressive policies and clear vision for Australia’s future which the big parties are ignoring,” Australian Greens Leader Senator Brown said in Canberra today.

“Moving forward will mean a carbon tax on polluters; bringing home safely Australia’s troops from Afghanistan; a universal dental care scheme; humane treatment of asylum seekers in Australia; protecting our forests and wildlife.”

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Senator Bob Brown's address to the National Press Club - July 2010

At this National Press Club I acknowledge the traditional owners of the Canberra region and all the Indigenous people of our nation.

This year will be another milestone in politics for the Australian Greens. The sole balance of power in the Senate and a breakthrough into the House of Representatives are both within reach. Australia's voters are looking for more progressive politics and the stable, experienced leadership which we alone have produced over the past three turbulent years in Canberra.

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A Moratorium on Coal Seam Gas

The Australian Greens have welcomed Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett's request for further information on the groundwater and Great Barrier Reef impacts of proposed Queensland coal seam gas (CSG) projects.

However, Minister Garrett's assessment is limited to impacts on threatened species. Without a trigger in our federal environment laws, the full impacts of CSG mining on farmland, groundwater and climate change cannot be assessed. The laws are inadequate to have the full impacts comprehensively assessed.

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Brown offers Gillard breakthrough on climate change

Plan to legislate a carbon price within 3 months of election

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and Deputy Leader Christine Milne today announced a 5 point plan for rapid government action on climate change and a legislated carbon price soon after the election.

Senator Brown said he wrote last night to PM Julia Gillard with the proposal.

"This is breakthrough politics - the Greens are opening a new door to a new Prime Minister for new action on climate change," said Senator Brown.

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