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Greens should show some respect



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SENATOR GARY HUMPHRIES Liberal Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel

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GREENS SHOULD SHOW SOME RESPECT

The Greens need to stop the cynical exploitation of disaster situations to make a political point, says the Opposition.

In yet another disgraceful show of disregard for Australians in harm's way, acting Greens Leader Christine Milne has labelled cyclone Yasi as a 'tragedy of climate change'.

This comes after Bob Brown said two weeks ago that mining companies were partly responsible for the floods disaster that has ravaged Australia.

"It takes an exceptional level of self-righteousness to exploit human tragedy to score political points at times like these," Opposition emergency services spokesman Senator Gary Humphries said today.

"Christine Milne cannot demonstrate any link between this cyclone and global warming. Accordingly, it is blatant opportunism to make these claims against the probable backdrop of physical destruction and human suffering.

“As such situations unfold it behoves all politicians to stand clear and allow emergency services to get on with the dangerous task of bracing communities for the impending cyclone.

"Senator Milne and her Greens colleagues need to start showing some respect for the people in harm’s way and the emergency services workers aiding them.

"The thoughts and prayers of the Coalition are with communities who are at risk in the path of Cyclone Yasi. Our unqualified gratitude goes to the emergency services workers in the area," Senator Humphries concluded.

1 February 2011 Media Contact is Josh Manuatu on 0421 115 365