“Some might call the predicted thousands of trucks descending on Canberra ending up as hundreds (ABC, 21/8/11) a ‘flop’, but these Australians have every right to a peaceful presence on the parliamentary lawns,” Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

“It seems like the prime qualification to be there is to be angry about something – these are Abbott’s angry people,” Senator Brown said.

“But it seems their views on some issues are fairly shorted sighted, very ‘me-now’.”

“The number of angry people in Canberra tomorrow will increase much more than the numbers of truckers arriving in town,” Senator Brown predicted.

First published: 2011-08-21 02:18 PM

How to create jobs …

Green up the economy, for jobs’ sake: Brown

Thousands of people are facing losing their job and it’s the Greens’ policies that go further to address the two-speed economy, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

“We will go to the tax forum with a proposal that we get back to the Treasury-recommended super profits tax, and a sovereign wealth fund, so that we, as a nation, can better consider how to support manufacturing,” Senator Brown said in Canberra.

“This is a two-speed and dysfunctional economy which should have had the support of the Greens’ proposed sovereign wealth fund and the resource super profits tax. The big parties should be doing better, particularly the Abbott opposition which has even opposed the much more modest mining tax proposed by the Gillard government.”

“We should always be innovating, the economy should be evolving, and there’s nothing innovative about digging minerals out of the ground and exporting the massive profits,” Senator Brown said.