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Take it back, Senator Lees! Environmental movement not being egged on by ALP



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Media Release 7 June 1999

Australian Conservation Foundation ΑΑΘΝ007 498 «Îœ

Attention:

Chief of Staff, Political and Environment Reporters

340 Goto Street, Fitiroy

Victoria, 3065

Telephone: 03 9416 1166

Facsimile: 03 9416 0767

TAKE IT BACK, SENATOR LEES! ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT NOT BEING EGGED n . Δ , ON BY ALP

Democrats Leader, Senator Meg Lees, stated today that environmental groups were being spurred on by the ALP to criticise the environmental aspects of their tax deal with the Coalition. (The World Today, ABC Radio 7.6.99.) This is not the case.

The AOstraliaruS^nsLen/ation Foundation, together with Greenpeace, commissioned the Australia Institute to carry out an in depth analysis of the environmental impact of the tax deal. This document, The Environmental Implications of the Revised ANTS Package was released last Friday and shows that increased greenhouse and air

pollution will result.

O u r criticism of the Democrats' ‘in principle’ agreement with the Government is based on sound analysis - the revised tax package is bad for the environment," said ACF’s President, Peter Garrett. “In reaching this conclusion we have had no incitement whatsoever from the Opposition. Anyone who reads our analysis cannot

fail to see that this outcome is a disastrous step backwards for the environment in Australia".

“AC F's job is to protect the environment, not political parties," said Mr Garrett. "We will continue to call any initiative on its environmental merits and provide that information to the broader community".

“In this Instance we believe Senator Lees’ statement misleads the public," said ACF’s President.

Contact: Louise Cooper, ACF Media Officer, 0408 051 290