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Greens deliver stable, top-level representation

While the Gillard Labor government continues to short-change Tasmania, both the Australian Greens' leader and deputy leader are Tasmanian.

"Nationwide, Australians can look forward to continued effective representation by the Greens whether it's seeking a fairer tax burden for big corporations to fund health, education, public transport or clean energy technologies and national dental health care," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

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Australian Greens National Conference Press Conference - November 6, 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.

Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas. 

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Bandt bill on alpine grazing still needed

Greens MP Adam Bandt has backed a move by the Minister Tony Burke to further extend Commonwealth environmental controls over national parks, but warned it may not stop the Victorian government's plan for cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park.‪

Greens MP Adam Bandt warned that any move to list national parks may need agreement from state governments, which could take months or years, but that any attempt to reintroduce cattle into Victoria's Alpine National Park by the Baillieu government could be overruled by his bill before the Federal Parliament.‪‪

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Cattle removal welcome: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt has welcomed the decision of the Federal Environment Minister to order the removal of cattle from the Alpine National Park.

Minister Burke announced today that he was requiring the Victorian government to remove the cattle by April 8 until a national assessment was conducted.

Mr Bandt said he was confident that a full national assessment of the cattle trials would lead to their long-time removal, but if this was not the case he would proceed with his private members bill to permanently ban cattle from the park.

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Burke must act today on grazing: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt has said he is looking forward to a decision today from Environment Minister Tony Burke on grazing of cattle in the Alpine National Park.

Mr Bandt said he hopes the Minister makes the right decision, but if not he will push ahead on Monday with a debate on his bill to outlaw the cattle grazing.

"I am looking forward to hearing some good news from the Minister today", Adam Bandt said.

"It is clear the cattle must be removed and the Victorian government's vandalism of the park overruled."

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Federal city funding should have conditions: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt has released a submission on Melbourne's infrastructure which outlines his vision for Melbourne's future, including refusing Federal funding for road projects until public transport is improved.

The submission to Infrastructure Australia's Our Cities review calls for more Federal direct engagement in planning and infrastructure delivery in Australia's cities.

He has called for Federal funding to be dependent on a broad range of sustainability and liveability benchmarks being met.

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Uni blackmail on cattle grazing needs a Federal inquiry: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt has condemned an apparent attempt by the Victorian State government to blackmail the University of Melbourne to work on its controversial alpine cattle grazing trials.

The alleged blackmail, revealed in today's Sunday Age, was an attack on academic freedom, Mr Bandt said. He called on the Federal Minister for Education to ensure there is properindependentinvestigation by the University.

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Minister’s deadline welcome, but more action needed on Alpine grazing: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt has welcomed an announcement by Minister Burke that he has set a two week deadline for the Victorian government, but says more is needed to protect the Alpine National Park from cattle.

Mr Bandt has introduced a private members bill - Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (Abolition of Alpine Grazing) Bill 2011 - which will deem the Federal Environment Minister to have decided to reject alpine grazing in the National Park, forcing the Victorian government to remove the cattle.

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