Certainly seems cosy if nothing else…
GREENS Leader Bob Brown faces a possible investigation by the Senate’s powerful privileges committee over an allegation he used his parliamentary position to advance the interests of a major political donor.
Remember that woodchip mill that was bought by a Greens donor – a donor to the tune of $1.6 mil – who said he’d shut it down after a bit?
TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Two of Australia’s wealthiest entrepreneurs have bought a Tasmanian woodchip mill, throwing the future of the state’s forest industry into doubt.
Wotif creator and Australian Greens donor Graeme Wood and Kathmandu clothing founder Jan Cameron signed the contracts to buy Gunns’ Triabunna mill today.
They’re paying $10 million for the operation. They say they’ll continue to run it as a woodchipping facility, but for the term of the current contract.
Their long-term aim is to make Triabunna a mecca for tourism on Tasmania’s east coast.
Bob Brown (from the Greens website):
“Tourism contributes 5 times more to the Tasmanian economy than the native-forest logging industry“, said Senator Bob Brown today at the release of a discussion paper on tourism.
Would’ve been nice if Bob had provided a link to that because the info is – let’s just say – not that easy to find.
Makes you wonder; if his claim is so legit, then why is it so hard to verify?
Seriously, I’ve been scouring the internet, budget papers, links, all kinds of key word search entries, going through page after page of search results for about two hours now.
Wouldn’t it be in Bob Brown’s interest, if said claims are true, to provide ready access to verifiable links?