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Greens Party MP Milne says proposed tax legislation will harm farmers, needs appropriate scientific scrutiny

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Christine Milne MP (Senator, Greens Party) stated that a whole-of-government approach to climate change was needed, on 20 September 2007.

Legislation will drive farmers off their land: Milne said the government was condoning logging in primary forests in Tasmania, Victoria and south-east New South Wales and would now be giving tax deductions to the big emitters, taking more water out of the system and driving farmers off their land. She believed the government should not intervene with tax legislation that would distort the carbon market, protecting the forest industry and the big emitters at the expense of farmers.

Committee scrutiny, please: Milne said:”This is an appalling piece of legislation, which at the very least needs to go to a committee for appropriate scrutiny so the Bureau of Rural Sciences can at least point out to the government the error of its ways in terms of sequestration and emission trading.”

Reference: Christine Milne, Senator for Tasmania, Australian Greens Party, Senate Hansard, Commonwealth of Australia, 20 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 7/10/2007

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