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400 at Senator Brown's forest forum.

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Senator Bob Brown Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania

400 at Senator Brown's forest forum

14th Jul 07

Greens Leader Bob Brown addressed a public forum of 400 people in Northcote Town Hall last night on federal legislation classifying electricity to be produced from burning native forests as 'green energy'.

The meeting was in the federal seat of Batman, held by pro-logging Labor stalwart Martin Ferguson, who is advocating Victoria burn 400,000 tonnes per annum of logging waste from plantation and native forest sources.

Senator Brown said both Labor and the Coalition were behind proposals for forest furnaces in Tasmania and Victoria which will create or add long term demand for logging of native forests and wildlife habitats including in Melbourne's water catchments.

Senator Brown said classifying forest furnaces as 'green energy' deceived consumers who would mistakenly pay a premium for electricity coming from the destruction of natives forests.