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Brown agrees with Abetz.

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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Brown agrees with Abetz

Senator Brown, 27th May 2006 Greens Leader Bob Brown has rushed to support National Forest Minister Eric Abetz' move to ban the import of tropical timbers.

"Senator Abetz says he will release a policy paper in three months. He should put a prohibition on the import of native rainforest timbers from all tropical countries including Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Malaysia. If this is where Senator Abetz

is going I'll go right with him. Australia can meet all its timber needs from its 1.5 million hectare plantation resource," Senator Brown said.

However, responding to Senator Abetz' complaint that no-one asked him questions about Forestry in Senate Estimates this week, Senator Brown quoted the Senator on his first day in the Ministry, 'I have never sought to work with Bob Brown in a constructive way because he is in fact an anathema to my political beliefs in a whole range of areas'.

"If Eric has changed his mind let him bring on the public debate. I suggest Hobart Town Hall or the famous Albert Hall in Launceston. I am ready and raring to go," Senator Brown said.

"However it does seem that Senator Abetz is a chainsaw without a chain - all whine and no action," Senator Brown said.

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