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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon. Dr David Kemp

26 November 2003

Bob Brown: Senator For Stunts

Bob Brown has proven he doesn't care about the environment.

He only cares about political stunts.

Yesterday Senator Brown moved to refer the Government's Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Legislation to a Senate Committee for an inquiry to last four months.

This stunt is an attempt to block legislation that will help to heal the hole in the ozone layer and prevent global warming by reducing the use of ozone depleting substances and minimising greenhouse gas emissions.

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Legislation will:

Senator Brown says he wants an inquiry into encouraging the transition to natural refrigerants and the phase out of ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases.

This is a furphy.

The Howard Government has already published results of industry liaison on knowledge of, and attitudes to alternatives to synthetic greenhouse gases, including natural refrigerants. And we've funded a project to inform industry on the range of refrigerants available for use in Australia, including information on the benefits of the use of HCFC alternatives.

Furthermore, the legislation he is blocking extends support to industry innovation in reducing emissions of synthetic greenhouse gases, which could include projects that trial or promote the uptake of natural refrigerants.

This legislation has the support of environmental groups and industry. It also has support from the Labor Party and the Democrats.

Senator Brown calls himself green, but he is no more than a stuntman whose noisy routines are harming our environment.

Fact Sheet: Australia and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

National Achievements:

International Achievements:

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Legislation Amendment Bill 2003

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