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Greens want Kyoto plebiscite for moral effect; Brown surprised Labor does not back amendment

Posted by gmarkets on 25 September, 2007

The Greens sought to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007 to give Australians a voice on Kyoto, said Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown in the Federal Senate on 17 September 2007.

Moral effect: “On the matter of the Kyoto protocol, which is the subject of this amendment whereby the Greens would offer the Australian people a yes or no on whether our nation should join the rest of the community of nations, save President Bush, in ratifying the Kyoto protocol, the amendment is not about local governments doing that, because that would have no effect; it is about the federal government doing that, because it would have very great moral effect,” said Brown.

Labor position queried: “A plebiscite is not going to dictate what a government can do,” said Brown, “but it is indicative of how the people of Australia feel.” He understood that the government did not want a requirement to give the Australian people a say on ratification of the Kyoto protocol put on their shoulders, because it would face a tirade and potential cuts to funding from the mining industry if it were to do that. But, he said, he would have thought the Labor Party would support this and he would be very pleased to hear from Senator Lundy why the Labor opposition opposed the amendment.

Reference: Bob Brown, Senator for Tasmania, Leader of the Austrlalian Greens, Commonwealth Senate, 17 September 2007 (on the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007)

Erisk Net, 17/9/2007

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