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Howard's meaner, ungreener Australia

Howard's meaner, ungreener nation

Prime Minister John Howard will go down in history for having made
Australia a nastier and more environmentally backward nation, Greens leader Bob Brown said today.

Today's Herald/Age Poll shows that most Australians recognise John
Howard as demeaning, environmentally backward and wrong on Iraq,
Senator Brown said.

"Today's revelation that the government censored a climate change report recommending greater leadership will endorse the public perception. John Howard is an environmental ogre. His is directive rather than collective anti-environmentalism."

Under his rule:

* The Kyoto Protocol has been ignored

* no substantial action has been taken against Japanese whaling

* Tasmania's native forests are being logged at faster rates than in any previous decade

* coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef has had no prime ministerial acknowledgement

* the Murray River's flow has declined to record lows

* fast efficient public transport has failed

* the government has ignored calls for simple sensible legislated controls on:

o banning fast food advertisements on children's television viewing times

o 6 billion plastic bags being distributed free each year

o complete roll-out of unsniffable petrol in Central Australia

o the export of uranium (China is about to import Australian uranium)".

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