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Howard's 'compensate wreckers' plan condemned.

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01 November 2001

Howard’s ‘Compensate Wreckers’ Plan Condemned

Greens Senator Bob Brown says PM Howard’s policy to compensate those who have to clean up their environmental act will rile many Australian voters.

“The Prime Minister doesn’t have an environmental bone in his body”, Senator Brown said.

“Besides saying it is not Canberra’s role to legislate for Australia’s environment, Mr Howard insists taxpayers should compensate loggers, polluters and environmental vandals who have their ‘rights’ infringed.

“This vapourises the Coalition’s chances of getting our backing.

“Unlike the Democrats we will not give preferences to the Coalition’s anti-environmental brigade, like Warren Truss, John Anderson and John King and I call on Democrats’ Leader Natasha Stott Despoja to review their decision”, said Senator Brown.

Senator Brown said the Coalition’s environmental policy is the worst in 30 years. It includes - ∙ Climate change - no new ideas; no new money; no legislation; no commitment to sign the Kyoto Protocol even in its depleted form. ∙ Forests - no action to stop the chainsaws continuing to rip into old growth and high conservation value forests.

∙ Salinity and declining water quality - supposedly the ‘key plank’ of the environment plan, but there is no new money; no legislation. ∙ Environment Committee of Cabinet - more likely to be an Anti-Environmental Committee, if it includes Agriculture Minister Warren Truss, Resources Minister Nick Minchin and the PM himself.

“Mr Howard’s ‘future action plan’ for the environment is a no-action plan.

“The only winners are the polluters who benefit twice: first when they extract profits from the environment and again when they get compensated to stop. And on top of that the community pays to clean up the mess”, said Senator Brown.

More information: Ben Oquist. 02 6277 3170 or 0419 704 095

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Author: Ben Oquist