The Greens in Palerang

Archive for October, 2007

“Me-too”ism will mean more taxpayers’ cash for woodchippers

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Greens candidate for Eden-Monaro Keith Hughes fears “me-too”ism will mean even more taxpayer subsidies for the destructive woodchipping industry.

“During this election we have seen the reckless and tragic spectacle of Liberal and Labor parties trying to out bid each other in their willingness to throw public money and legislative protection at the region’s biggest greenhouse polluter,” he says.

“On current scores, the Labor Party is actually worse than the Liberals. It has promised “me-too”, plus an extra $20 million in cash for the industry.”

“Mike Kelly has been to the chipmill on a number of occasions for photo opportunities and Gary Nairn has spent his whole career promoting the industry.” (more…)

Council meeting, October 25 2007

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Questions and Statements


Getting the priorities right

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

(councillor contribution for October 25 edition of Bungendore Bulletin)

The pre-election, highly predictable vote-buying announcement of tax cuts is old news now, and many including myself will be hoping that it will not be enough to seduce people on November 24.  The announcement was accompanied by the Government’s campaign slogan, “Go for Growth” which, in a climate of climate change caused by over-consumption and an obsession with growth as the answer to all our problems, I find quite repugnant.  (more…)

Brown tells Howard ‘I’ll come to the debate’ - Greens plan ‘People’s Forum’

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

-    Greens plan ‘People’s Forum’

In his address to the National Press Club today, Greens Leader Bob Brown announced that the Greens will hold an event on Sunday night to respond to the leaders’ debate on Sky News.

“I haven’t had an invitation to the Leaders Debate as Leader of the Greens party. So unlike the debate John Howard has proposed, I extend an invitation to attend the Greens ‘People’s Forum’ on Sunday night,” Senator Brown said.

The Greens have booked the Theatrette in Parliament House and plan to screen the Leaders’ Debate for a live audience, after which Senator Brown will give a short address and respond to questions.

“We love the worm,” Senator Brown said.

“We will attempt to provide the audience with ‘the worm’ for the debate.”

The Theatrette holds 280 places. To book a place call: (02) 6277 3170 or email:

Greens urge young voters to get on the roll

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

The Greens are urging young voters and those who have changed address to get on the roll to vote to have their say in the 24 November federal election.

“New voters have until 8pm on 17 October 2007 to enrol to vote or they will not be able to elect the people who are meant to represent them,” said lead Senate candidate for the Greens in Queensland, Larissa Waters.

“More than a third of Australians aged 18 to 25 are not enrolled to vote. That’s a massive 410,000 young voices whose future will be decided by people they haven’t even voted for. (more…)

Greens off and running … with more Senate seats in our sights

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

The Greens have never been better prepared and will run the strongest election campaign ever as Australia’s third political party, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

“Environmental security - climate change and water - will be big vote changers this time around. Besides genuinely tackling climate change and saving the forests from the Gunns pulp mill, we challenge the old parties to raise aged pensions by $30 per week, take the GST off public transport, abolish HECS fees and tear up the unfair WorkChoices legislation. We would reallocate the $3.5 billion of health funds going to private insurance companies to public health and hospitals. And we will work to reduce the 17-year gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” Senator Brown said. (more…)

Greens congratulate Gore, IPCC on Nobel Prize; Brown calls on Coalition to ratify Kyoto

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Greens Leader Bob Brown today said he was delighted that former US vice-president Al Gore and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

“It’s one of the most richly deserved Nobel Peace Prizes because climate change threatens the world with social chaos and war based on loss of resources, shortage of water, sea-level rises and mass migrations of people. This recognises that climate change is threatening human peace and our economy in the next century,” Senator Brown said. (more…)

Council meeting, October 11 2007

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Matters arising, Sewerage Treatment Plant workshop, questions and statements (more…)

Greens move law to shame governments over political advertising

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

If Parliament resumes next week Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown will introduce a private members bill requiring the total amount of taxpayers’ money spent on government advertising to be included in every advertisement.

“The aim of the bill is to name and shame governments who use taxpayers’ money on blatantly political advertising. It will allow taxpayers to see exactly how much of their money is being spent by self-serving governments,” Senator Brown said.

“The government will not be able to hide the amount it spends on advertising. The ‘Climate Clever’, ‘Better Super’ and ‘Net Alert’ ad campaigns will cost taxpayers $52 million, $69 million and $21.5 million respectively. The Greens’ bill will amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 to require the total cost of a government advertising campaign to be displayed in all the advertisements in that campaign, alongside the authorisation,” Senator Brown said. (more…)

Nation unprepared if drought continues

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

“If the current drought continues we will be caught unprepared,” said Senator Rachel Siewert in Adelaide today.

“Our current water management strategy in the Murray Darling Basin has been to run down all the storages in the belief that a break in the drought is imminent.”

“However, even without taking into account climate change, if this drought is like other historical droughts (eg 1938 to 1946) dry conditions could continue on until 2014.” (more…)

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