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Snowy Hydro: Greens leader backs Heffernan.



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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Snowy Hydro: Greens leader backs Heffernan

Senator Brown, 21st May 2006 Greens leader Bob Brown, long-term foe of powerful Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan, says Senator Heffernan is right in describing the sale of Snowy Hydro as a "national disgrace".

"Bill Heffernan's rural background means he is more alert to the danger of city-based financial institutions taking over Australia's prime water resources," Senator Brown said.

"The profit motive is not going to give the best outcome when there are serious social and environmental considerations."

"The water that flows off the Snowy Mountains is a national asset and should remain in public hands. It is being flogged off for no good reason but to help fix the NSW Iemma Government's financial woes."

"The best outcome would be for the Commonwealth to take over Snowy Hydro," Senator Brown said.

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