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Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Unsubtle sledging of Green Party in the Senate is not real democracy?
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: aust govt

Who is Doug Lowe? He is the former ALP Premier of Tasmania, a man of high integrity, and by all accounts about as opposite to another ex Premier Paul Lennon as you are going to get. If memory serves he resigned rather than capitulate to the vandals in his own side of politics over the Franklin river issue after shameful vandalism of Lake Pedder in the 1970ies. A tourism goldmine destroyed.


He is mentioned in dispatches below by the greenies, who grew up to become the Greenies, Party that is. Who grew up even more in 2008 to share balance of power replacing the Australian Democrats in The Senate from July 1:

Sent: Monday, June 23, 2008 3:56 PM
Subject: [Greens-Media] Franklin Anniversary a Big Hit

Franklin Anniversary a Big Hit

The 25th anniversary of the High Court decision which saved the Franklin
River is proving a big drawcard. Almost all 1000 tickets to the gala
event in the Federation Ballroom of Hobart's Grand Chancellor Hotel have

"We're delighted" says host Senator Bob Brown. Among recent acceptances
to join Bob Hawke, Doug Lowe, David Bellamy, Pierre Slicer, Christine
Milne, Karen Alexander, Peg Putt , Dick Smith and ABC TV's Peter
Thompson (a former Franklin campaigner) at the event were Premier David
Bartlett and actress Lorraine Bayly (who addressed a number of Franklin
rallies in Hobart and Canberra in 1981 - 82).

Five film-makers from the Franklin campaign - Paul Smith (1977), Michael
Cordell (1979), Bob Connelly (1980), Robert Hazlewood and Roger Scholes
(1983) will be there as well as journalists, blockaders, West Coast
supporters and former minister for National Parks, Andrew Lohery, who
was arrested on the Gordon River. Democrat MP Norm Sanders will appear
in absentia.

Songsters include Lisa Yeates, Ian Paulin and (Goanna's) Shane Howard
who is flying in from Ireland to sing the campaign anthem 'Let the
Franklin Flow'! Author Richard Flanagan will reflect on the Franklin
victory. Further details are at
<http://www.franklin25th.com/> .

"In an age of much greater environmental alarm, the Franklin campaign
continues to send out shock waves of optimism around the world. Against
huge odds, the wild river was saved because it galvanized national
public opinion. Latest polls show the environment is easily the biggest
issue for the future on people's minds," Senator Brown said.

Further Information: Ebony Bennett 0409 164 ....

We wrote back to the industrious Ms Bennett in these terms earlier today:

Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 3:49 AM
Subject: Doug Lowe, ex ALP Premier to come to Canberra? could be real good

One more thing - Lynn Allison was projecting their own cross bench melt down on to The Greens in a rather malicous wish of history repeating itself perhaps leveraging the bogey of Tasmanian state political history (right or wrong, there remains the self serving ALP Liberal Party version of history which has currency). Might be a good time to invite that ex Premier of Tasmania to Canberra - what's his name - who stood down over the Franklin River - only one with integrity left says Bob Brown somewhere at the time. Lowe was his name I think.
In June 1980, the Labor government of Doug Lowe decided to place the Franklin River into a Wild Rivers National Park. This compromise proposal involved ...
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 3:43 AM
Subject: Re: [Greens-Media] AAP invents disagreement

top work this media release. it's all uphill from here and why the Greens have to build their own media, and I don't mean branded 'Green media", I mean asserting the centre ground 'media' (the way News Corp asserts gungho free market is the "news" simpliciter, when it's really Lib Party barracking). This is subtle but crucial lesson for the Greens and progressives to learn to get off the tit of essentially hostile big media - not so much the journos as the top execs and advertisers.
You are the right people for the job on the cross benches. Lynn Allison wishing for a double dissolution on Sunday was pathetic I thought. Talk about middle class comfort zone deflated. Stott opposing the regressive GST and walking against work choices says alot to me.
The AD were always too soft on affluenza killing the planet, the causes of affluenza killing the planet, while making lip service. That's why Richard Jones MLC was such a maverick for the AD here in NSW first half of the 90ies before Cohen got in, a green before Green Party existed against such as Liz Kirby in his own party.
Such as ex staffer Simon Disney for Jones would have good insights on that I reckon.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2008 2:07 PM
Subject: [Greens-Media] AAP invents disagreement

Monday, 23 June 2008

AAP invents disagreement

At the Senate doors this morning Greens Senators Bob Brown and Christine
Milne pointed to options, other than cash compensation, for the
government to relieve the burden of climate change costs on low income

Senator Milne pointed to the Greens' EASI scheme to retrofit all
Australian households with energy saving options such as insulation and
solar hot-water systems, which would permanently reduce power bills and
greenhouse gas emissions.

Senator Brown pointed to investment in fast, efficient public transport
as a way to give low income earners assistance in coping with rising
petrol prices.

"We aim to permanently relieve costs for consumers through assisting
them to avoid higher energy and petrol bills," Senator Brown said.

The AAP report saying the Greens' 'can't agree amongst themselves' is
invented and was not tested on either Senator.

Further information: Ebony Bennett 0409 164 .....

Ebony Bennett
Media Adviser
Office of Greens Senator Bob Brown
Mobile: 0409 164 .....Ph: (02) 6277 ....Fax: (02) 6277 .....

Visit Bob's new myspace site at:

By way of comparison with one who 'sets a standard' in the Big Media, have a look at this guy who is on our govt funded ABC screens most nights, take 30 years, talk about make history:


Posted by editor at 8:32 AM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 24 June 2008 9:07 AM NZT

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