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Tasmania Well Positioned to Benefit From Same-Sex Tourism

Tasmanian Greens Senator and tourism spokesperson Peter Whish-Wilson has called on his home state to capitalise on the opportunities from becoming the first jurisdiction in the country to legalise same-sex marriage.

“It’s not just about being socially progressive, something Tasmania has a proud history on in this area, but I urge Tasmanians to look at the economic benefits as well.

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Greens throw support behind Gladstone community

 

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown joined Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters in Gladstone today to see the environmental crisis in the harbour firsthand and listen to the concerns of the Gladstone community.

 

"I am very pleased to be back here, getting a firsthand account from Queensland's most engaged Senator, Larissa Waters. A vote for either of the old parties is a vote for this mess," Senator Brown said.

 

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Red-letter day in fight against warming

Today will be a great day for Australians who have waited years for their government to take our warming planet seriously.

After years of talk and a few backward steps, the Senate will pass a suite of legislation that will put a price on pollution from July next year.

Australians - who in 2007 and 2010 voted for politicians to back widespread community support for taking action - will be able to finally say that most of their elected representatives listened and acted.

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Greens Leader’s statement on the Canberra convoy

"Some might call the predicted thousands of trucks descending on Canberra ending up as hundreds (ABC, 21/8/11) a ‘flop', but these Australians have every right to a peaceful presence on the parliamentary lawns," Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"It seems like the prime qualification to be there is to be angry about something - these are Abbott's angry people," Senator Brown said.

"But it seems their views on some issues are fairly shorted sighted, very ‘me-now'."

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Another win for agriculture and tourism jobs over coal mining

The exclusion of coal and coal bed methane from Mecrus Resources’ exploration licence application is a big win for regional Victoria’s agriculture and tourism industries, Victorian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale said today.

“Mecrus Resources is the second mining company in Victoria recently to listen to widespread community concerns about coal and coal seam gas mining, and withdraw their exploration licence application in these areas,” Senator Di Natale said.

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New plan to rip up farm land for brown coal must be stopped

The proposal to explore 500 square kilometres of prime agricultural and forestry land in the Otways with a view to strip-mining is economic and environmental stupidity, Federal Greens Senator Richard Di Natale said today.

“The impact on the environment and on communities in the Otways would be devastating,” Senator Di Natale said.

“Every local enterprise, from tourism to farming, would be affected by a polluting brown coal mine that could end up stretching from Colac to Deans Marsh.

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