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Government attack on Wilderness Society threatens democracy.



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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Government attack on Wilderness Society threatens democracy

Senator Brown, 8th August 2006

The reported proposal by Environment Minister Ian Campbell to strip the Wilderness Society of the tax-deductable status threatens every non-government organisation in Australia, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"What starts with the Wilderness Society will end with the Red Cross. The Howard government has defunded youth and Aboriginal organisations. Now, with control of the Senate, he is moving to rob environment groups. The move was slated by Eric Abetz, Minister for Forests, last year," Senator Brown said.

"The loggers want to take the chainsaw to the tree-defenders. Senator Campbell, having stumbled over the orange-bellied parrot, now wants to kick the Wilderness Society," Senator Brown said.

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